Las’ Lap Now Serving at the Former Norman’s Cay on Orchard Street

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Norman’s Cay has found a permanent replacement, the seventh business at 74 Orchard Street since 2008.

Co-founders Ryan Chadwick and Callum McLaughlin sold the assets last fall to one John Belle. Community Board 3 approved the corporate change in September 2017. Now, the buyer has opened a new lounge. Here comes Las’ Lap, next in line at this address.

The bi-level drinking den opened last week under the radar, and retains much of its Caribbean flavor. Las’ Lap serves up West Indian food and the cocktails to match. The mezzanine space is apparently an exclusive loft of sorts, and, according to one blogger, had been hosting parties up there since at least January.

The logo seems to draw inspiration from those old swim tags at summer camp. But don’t expect to see the Cessna plane that previously hung from the ceiling here. It’s been retired.

Norman’s Cay opened in October 2013, and lasted sixteen months at 74 Orchard Street. Toward the end of its tenure, it became a dual-purpose nightspot that also served as revival of Spur Tree. Post-closure, Chadwick briefly utilized the space as a short-term summer outpost for the popular Goa Taco.

In the last eight years, there have been no shortage of establishments that rolled the dice here. Ronald’s Pizza, Sonia Rose, Bunny Chow, and Interstate Food & Liquor all pre-dated Norman’s Cay.

Recent Stories

New 12-Story Development to Rise Across from Essex Crossing on Ludlow Street

Nevermind the pandemic at the doorstep, more development must happen on the Lower East Side. New construction permits were filed this week for a twelve-story mid-block development directly across from the International School of Photography. The property in question is 89-91 Ludlow Street, two parcels which last year changed hands for $12.3 million. The filing […]

Emergency Rehab of Burned-out 70 Mulberry Street Resumes

Chinatown, and the city at large, is increasingly becoming a ghost town, devoid of pedestrians and traffic. Yet, despite the COVID-19 shutdown, work continues at the former PS23, where a devastating five-alarm fire gutted its top floors in January. The project site is apparently considered an emergency, and granted an exception to Governor Cuomo’s executive […]

Lower East Side Gets COVID-19 Testing Center at Gouverneur on Madison Street

Good news for the Lower East Side. Starting today, locals can get tested for the novel coronavirus. According to an update yesterday from U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York City Health and Hospitals is opening a COVID-19 assessment and testing center outside Gouverneur Hospital on Madison Street. Physicians will assess patients and determine whether further […]

GrandLo Cafe at Essex Crossing Shuts Down for Good

GrandLo Cafe won’t survive Covid-19. The two-year-old operation announced it’s permanently shuttering. The Grand Street Settlement’s social enterprise program at 178 Broome might be down, but they’re not entirely out. GrandLo has committed to completing their training program remotely, to keep trainees on their career pathway. There are also plans in the works to reoccupy the […]

Seattle Radio Station KEXP Posts Virtual Shows

With the absence of live performances on the music landscape, bands are taking to the internet to help music fans fill their gig going void. That being said, Seattle radio station KEXP is compiling an ongoing events calendar of virtual performances from artists all over the globe. From the KEXP website: With music festivals being […]