‘Sensei’ Art Bar Erased from Eldridge Street After a Year

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 at 5:03 am by

It’s not a stretch to say that art gallery bars these days are not a sound business model. Invariably, such concepts morph into nightclubs or close outright (or both). In the case of Sensei on Eldridge Street, it was the latter.

The pseudo-skater-slash-gallery bar exited 135 Eldridge Street not too long ago. A window-hogging leasing sign has since taken up residence to advertise the vacant space.

As reported, business owner Joseph Latimore moved his second-floor Sensei from 278 Grand Street to this ground-level location in the spring of 2017. The goal out of the gate was to obtain a full liquor license in a previously unlicensed location. A location with a controversial past. The area itself has also seen an influx of bars in recent years, leading several longtime residents to the nickname “Hell Square South.”

The application was denied in the end, and Lattimore settled for a Tavern Wine license. That paperwork is currently listed as “inactive,” per the State Liquor Authority.

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