Boulton & Watt Team Eyes Purchase of Shamlian’s Hell Square Empire
Most anything related to Hell Square nightlife these days is usually bad news, newcomers or otherwise.
Now, it appears three of the most problematic establishments are again being pitched in a manner befitting a fire sale. Controversial owner Rob Shamlian is again seeking buyers for his trio of Hell Square hot-spots – Fat Baby, Spitzer’s Corner, and Los Feliz.
That deal with Sarid Drory (Cub Room, Waverly Inn, Artisanal) and partner Alon Moskovitch (Mezetto) two years ago apparently didn’t quite work out, after all. (They wanted to transform Spitzer’s into a “high-end” restaurant with a “3-star Michelin chef” who would use “quality ingredients.”) Even though the team was approved for a sale of assets in 2015, and Drory’s name briefly appeared in State Liquor Authority maps and records as a corporate change. Something strange is going on.
Nevertheless, the crew behind Drexler’s and Boulton & Watt on Avenue A (and Gallery Bar before it) – Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, Eric Kruvant – is looking to swoop in and nab the three historically problematic Hell Square bars. Spitzer’s Corner, Los Feliz, and Fat Baby are again being offered as an apparent package deal. The sale of assets will be heard at the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee meeting tonight. Expect plenty of drama.