New ‘Paint ‘N Sip’ Concept Eyes Vacant Fat Baby Spot on Rivington Street

Posted on: March 25th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

If the proverbial planets align, Hell Square is on tap to catch a new “paint and sip” establishment. On one of the worst blocks and notorious of spaces.

The controversial Fat Baby footprint on Rivington Street has been vacant and on the market since Rob Shamlian shuttered the bar in 2017 and fled. Listings since pimped the space for some $20,000 per month, which did attract another suitor last July; nothing happened, though.

Word on the street is that a new franchise of Paint ‘N Pour is circling the former multilevel nightclub.

Paint ‘N Pour, one of many companies that lure customers by pairing paint classes with drinking, is currently headquartered in Harlem. Expect to see their application discussed at Community Board 3 next month (as “Paint ‘N Sip”), including various details about the purported pitfalls of this address.

This wouldn’t be the first time such a concept courted the Lower East Side. A similar business, Pinot’s Palette, was pitched for 178 Stanton Street back in 2013 yet never materialized.

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 just before its closure, but those plans fizzled, too (largely due to CB3’s denial).

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