Denied by Community, ‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Heads to SLA for Ludlow Street Liquor License
Posted on: June 26th, 2017 at 5:13 am by Elie
Leftfield on Ludlow Street remains committed to its own sale, while the leading contender for takeover is the convoluted “dry karaoke” establishment we’ve been telling you about called Mini Rex. The proposed bar is taking its application all the way to the top, despite its negative reception from the community at large.
(Co-founded by Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai, Mini Rex would include conjoined venues that would include separate entrances for sober and drinking patrons.)
According to public records, principals behind Mini Rex (The Fifth Elephant LLC) are headed to the State Liquor Authority in July to do battle. A 500-foot hearing is already scheduled for next Thursday (July 6) to debate the public benefit of this liquor license.
However, it’ll probably be an uphill effort. Community Board 3 denied the application in April (after a withdrawal the month before), due in part to confusion over how segregating those who drink from those who don’t would even work. Arguing that a half-sober bar is a public benefit to the neighborhood because it offers safe haven for struggling addicts is a stretch. The stimulus and temptation to drink would still be prevalent; unless the premises is 100% sober, this type of setup just seems likely to trigger relapse.
Leftfield is seemingly cleaning up its record to ensure that this sale of assets goes through. In the last couple months, ownership resolved the myriad building code issues with the DOB and settle with the SLA. In addition, there seems to be a backup plan – there are posts on Craigslist to rent out the space for pop-up bars. The listing promises full liquor license, use of the backyard, and all bars on premise.
Super rare opportunity, Short term lease available for distinctive Lower East Side Bar. Very unique space, currently used as a bar / venue with a basement lounge. Over 2000sqft between both floors, full bar on each floor. Fully vented kitchen and outdoor patio. Has stage / DJ booth upstairs and DJ booth downstairs. Full sound systems upstairs and downstairs. Two bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. Four separate entrances, Two upstairs and two downstairs.
Perfect space for Art installation, Popup Store / Bar / Restaurant. The options are pretty much endless, one of the most versatile spaces in NYC. The location is right smack bang in the center of the lower east side, insane foot traffic.
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