This New Allen Street Hotel will Have 5 Bars Onsite

Posted on: June 5th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Dead for nearly a decade, the long-dormant Allen Street hotel is coming back with a vengeance. Major construction resumed, and has been steady since last September. With opening now on the horizon, the battle for liquor licensing is here.

The rescued lodge – rechristened The Allen by owner-hotelier Morris Kalimian (of Chelsea’s Hotel Henri) – will boast 98 guest rooms and multiple food-and-beverage venues across the seventeen floors. More to the point, there are five such nightlife operations inside this Hell Square hotel, including bars on both the second-floor terrace (adjacent to residential windows) and rooftop.

Some residents within earshot worry that this addition will overwhelm an already saturated area. Remember that this tiny quadrant has more liquor licenses per block than anywhere in the city. The LES Dwellers, for one, are on the front lines, distributing the below flyer.

At the moment, target opening date is currently pegged at the first quarter of 2019, which is a year later than the last projection we received.

Community Board 3 will hear the hotel liquor license application at its SLA subcommittee meeting next Monday (June 11). In the meantime, the operators are planning to meet with residents tomorrow evening (7pm) at 79 Rivington Street.

The Allen Street Hotel is one of the last holdovers of the pre-meltdown era that remains incomplete. You’ll recall that the building snuck onto the scene in the eleventh hour before the 2008 zoning took hold, and slyly ascended sixteen stories. Three years later, the now-former owner D.A.B. Group allegedly ceased the necessary mortgage payments, and the property slipped into foreclosure.

Then in 2016, eight years after the first concrete pours, the properties comprising 139-141 Orchard Street sold in auction to real estate tycoon Morris Moinian and Morry Kalimian of Elk Investors. The duo paid $30.75 million for the incomplete development. Moinian is no longer part of the project, though, having left Kalimian as sole developer.

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