Epstein’s Bar Returned to Hell Square this Weekend After 2-Year Hiatus

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Epstein’s Bar fought for its survival; now its revival is here. The nightspot reopened to the public on Friday night.

More than two years after aborting operations at the northeast corner of Stanton and Allen Streets – for neighbors, a welcome relief – the longtime watering hole is finally back on track. The interim period was apparently spent assembling a new ownership team and remedying a host of purported building code violations related to its operation in a building until now zoned as the use-group class permitting only “sales of clothing.”

Last April, the corporate structure of Epstein’s changed, resulting in the slightly rebranded Epstein’s NYC. Rick Aurigemma from 310 Bowery Bar and Josh Acheatel joined the team; McManus downgraded to become a minority owner, and Patrick Conlon left.

That’s all ancient history, though. A look inside the establishment is below.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear at the moment whether Epstein’s will continue its pursuit of expanding into the above two floors as it threatened twice in the past (both unsuccessfully).

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