The Lucky Bee Reopens Today After Rent-Related Hiatus

Posted on: June 8th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

Perhaps you noticed that the Lucky Bee on Broome Street hasn’t been open the last couple days, and without any notice. Now we know why.

The closure was related to rent payment, or rather, the lack thereof. Apparently the team “fell a little behind” on payments and closed. The hiatus was ultimately short-lived, though. We’re told that ownership forged an arrangement with co-landlords Samy Mahfar and Michael Forrest (Lower East Side BID Chairman of the Board) to stay afloat.

“The Lucky Bee is our baby and is literally a family-run, small business – with just my husband, Chef Matty Bennett, and me working 7 days a week,” co-owner Rupert Noffs told us in an email. “[We’ve been] doing everything from food to design and marketing, from the ground-up since day one.”

When asked if business was at all struggling, Noffs retorted, “I wouldn’t say business is struggling as we are always busy – but rent and taxes are high – welcome to Manhattan in 2017!”

The Greenport, Long Island pop-up location (i.e. North Fork) will continue as planned next week.

The Lucky Bee reopens today for 5pm happy hour.

It certainly hasn’t been easy for Bennett and Noffs from the get-go. For instance, upon opening in February 2016, the first eight weeks were spent without gas hookup.

The Lucky Bee replaced the popular, yet rough-around-the-edges Jin Sushi, which faded after a rent hike the previous summer (August 2015).

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