‘Fat Baby’ Club Replacement Headed for Rivington Street

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

It’s not over until the fat baby screams.

Rob Shamlian’s former Rivington Street club, Fat Baby, went belly up almost one year ago. Since then, the 3,350 square-foot space is continually pitched as a prime nightlife opportunity, and listed on the market. Some listings boast the “awesome 3-floor club” with an asking price of $20,000.

Now it looks like a potential operator is on the way. A seemingly untested principal named Leroy Garcia under the trade name of LESFLO Enterprises. Garcia submitted application materials this month to Community Board 3 to continue the tradition at 112 Rivington Street of a bar with 4am liquor license.

There isn’t much info out there on Garcia or this LESFLO organization just yet. Following the breadcrumbs, however, there is a Facebook page for LESFLO linking to one Charlie Brown and his management of the LESFLO Entertainment Group. Neighbors understandably fear another potential Hell Square nightclub bait-and-switch.

The multi-level space at 112 Rivington already boasts a recent history of butting heads with the community. While operating as Fat Baby, the venue remained a thorn in the side of Hell Square pretty much since its arrival in 2005. Neighbors called it a bait-and-switch from the get-go, one that was oftentimes rowdy, noisy, and violent.

The team behind Drexler’s and Boulton & Watt – Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, and Eric Kruvant – tried to acquire Fat Baby last summer, just before its closure, but those plans never materialized (largely due to CB3’s denial).

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