‘Butcher Bar’ Bows this Week on Orchard Street
Three months ago, we first broke news that the Queens-based Butcher Bar was planning a Lower East Side smokehouse. Subsequent weeks brought small changes to the facade of 146 Orchard Street – a neon here, a velvet curtain and window leafing there. Its debut is now days away.
Employees at the Astoria outpost tell us that it should open within the next week.
Butcher Bar LES, as it’s called, aims to fight the notorious reputation of 146 Orchard Street as a cursed space. Indeed, the space remained largely dormant over the last four years. You’ll recall that the two ill-fated ventures Orchard House and APL previously bombed; then in 2014, Frankie & Johnnie’s principal Peter Chimos joined Chef Aaron Sanchez (remember Paladar?) for a Mexican restaurant, but likewise fizzled.
Meanwhile, we still have not seen any liquor license application go before Community Board 3 (and the public) for consideration.