Disarmed: Partner Dispute Leads to Shutter of Suffolk Arms

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Suffolk Arms upon opening, June 2016

Suffolk Arms mysteriously shuttered during the first week of April due to “renovations” and “mechanical upgrades.” Sounds convincing … not.

Apparently, the closure is related to a dispute between co-owners Giuseppe González and well-regarded bartender Ruben Rodriguez. The former allegedly sought the ouster of the latter this past winter. However, according to a report in Neat Pour, staff sided with the barkeep. In the end, it didn’t work out.

However, despite the shutter, the publication cites two employees who say the bar will reopen with a new concept but the same staff on an unspecified date.

Suffolk Arms first hit the scene in June 2016, more than a year later than expected. The nightspot took over from Local 269 – itself knocked out due to flooding – and featured an extensive cocktail list alongside an American-style menu. Inside, the walls were stocked with sketched portraits of influential New Yorkers by the hand of Seattle-based artist Mandilla Blouin – Gil Scott-Heron and Ed Koch to Grandmaster Flash and Whoopi Goldberg.

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