Struggling ‘Red Compass Lounge’ Downsizes on Orchard Street After 8 Months
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The loss of the David Owens Vintage boutique to 161 Rivington Street last year is apparently in vain. Its replacement at 154 Orchard Street, Red Compass Lounge & Bar, admitted defeat and downsized half its footprint just a few days ago. A recent walkby reveals that the eight-month-old Georgian eatery has completely withdrawn itself from the north store.
This is not surprising. Red Compass rarely sits a full (or even half) dining room during dinnertime, and is obviously hurting. A cursed space. That’s likely what prompted owner Beka Peradze to seek approval for full liquor upgrade from Community Board 3 last month. It didn’t go too well, though.
The board was in agreement that the owner wasn’t open for long enough (since January 2016), isn’t adhering to previous stipulations, and couldn’t prove public benefit of an added liquor license. The alteration was unanimously denied.
So this looks like a slow fade for Red Compass. We’ll see what happens here. Have you tried Red Compass?