‘No Fun’ Principal Eyes Troubled Wassail Cider Bar Space on Orchard Street
Two-year-old Wassail cider bar on Orchard Street has been trying to sell itself for several months. All past attempts to unload the assets proved futile, though, including Allain Allegretti’s pitch to convert it to Frenchie’s Fish Bar. Now, a bar owner from around the corner is interested in taking over.
Application materials submitted to Community Board 3 indicate that Michael Auerbach of Hell Square problem child, No Fun, is planning another venue. (He’s also an owner in The Ship on Lafayette Street.) The proposed endeavor is a fifteen-table bar-restaurant that will apparently focus on “creative American cuisine” (someone, please explain). Hours sought are 5pm-2am Sundays through Thursdays, and 4am closing time over the weekend.
Expect the usual shitshow at this month’s SLA subcommittee meeting in a couple weeks. Given the notorious reputation of No Fun, opposition to the new liquor license is probably already mounting.
It was Kickshaw proprietors Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim who opened Wassail at 162 Orchard in March 2015. Upon its debut, the cider-centric bar claimed to be the only such dedicated destination in New York City. It took the reins from Todd’s Mill, which itself struggled through the previous two years.