With ‘Chinese Tuxedo’ Opening Next Month on Doyers Street, a Peek Inside and a Look at the 1905 Original

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Suit up for more nightlife on Doyers.

The photo above seems the likely inspiration behind the forthcoming nightclub of same on Doyers Street. Chinese Tuxedo was as advertised, a tuxedo shop across the street from the imposter. Note the Third Avenue El off to the side, casting shadows onto the corner of Doyers and the Bowery. (There’s a Chase bank branch there today.)

The return of the moniker is a bit more controversial. A defanged Chinese Tuxedo bar-restaurant is pegged for a nebulous November debut at 5 Doyers Street. And there is a teaser website.

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You’ll recall that the Chinatown community is none too pleased with this newest nightlife entrant. And with good reason. Lack of trust. Buckingham and Lam tried to get one over the neighborhood in April 2015 by going directly to the State Liquor Authority for beer-wine without informing Community Board 3. This after the advisory body had already denied full liquor outright. (The strategy being that full OP could follow after getting the gateway license.) However, CB3 would ultimately approve the slimmed-down version of same; the binding stipulations reportedly call for no upgrade to liquor for 18 months.

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It’s worth mentioning that there were also rumors back in January that ownership was looking to sell the business altogether. Gives you an idea of the potential stability.

Here’s another peek inside. Chinese Tuxedo opens next month.

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