‘Fat Baby’ on Rivington Street is Dead, Now Renting for $23K Per Month
“Gone Fishin,” the handwritten note says in the door portal of 112 Rivington Street. Fat Baby is gone for good, indeed.
However, it doesn’t appear that a sale of the bar actually transpired. Sources had previously noted that Fat Baby was acquired, but would undergo complete transformation (including namesake) to attract a high-end clientele. To date, no buyer was identified. Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, and Eric Kruvant (also behind Drexler’s and Boulton & Watt) collectively considered the purchase, but walked away after their bid for the beast was turned down by Community Board 3 two months ago.
Ergo, talk of a sale was probably just that. There are plenty of real estate listings circulating, and have been since mid-summer. But Misrahi Realty has since taken the lead on dumping the space. Check out the tombstone signage above the entrance.
The asking price as of now is a whopping $23,000 per month in rent.
Fat Baby has been a thorn in the side of Hell Square residents pretty much since its arrival at 112 Rivington Street in 2005. CB3 initially approved Rob Shamlian’s venue as a bar/lounge serving “pub sytle” food, without the promoted atmosphere of nightlife and dancing. In retrospect, neighbors called it a bait-and-switch. It’s always operated as a nightclub and music venue, and neighbors claim illegally. The establishment is rowdy, noisy, and oftentimes violent. Indeed, two men were stabbed outside the club back in April after an altercation inside spilled onto the sidewalk.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens here…