‘The John Lamb’ Tanks After Six Months in Orchard Street’s Sago Hotel

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 at 5:04 am by

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The John Lamb tanked, and is now permanently out of commission after less than a year. Lights are off and furniture left for dead. We’re told proprietor Joseph Valentine ended operations a week and a half ago.

Thus concludes three years of planning – including the potential opening on Essex Street – and a paltry six months serving. Its overlords in the Sago Hotel confirmed the closure, as does an outgoing message on the phone line. No surprise there. That sub-grade dining room was nary populated, even during the peak times.

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Swift turnaround is allegedly afoot, though. There is apparently a successor already lined up, with move in slated to begin later this week. We’re told the newcomer will be better integrated within the hotel and provide room service delivery.

Guess there won’t be a visit to Community Board 3 for the identity change. The main sticking point is still the proximity of outdoor space to residents of 124 Allen Street. Most importantly, the prior agreement that there be absolutely no liquor service on the sixth-floor terrace and close at 6pm daily.

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