Party Boy Omar Hernandez Eyes Broome Street for New Club
Like its predecessor, it was no happy ending for Better Days at 302 Broome Street. The nightclub recently shuttered after less than two years on the block.
Oliver Stumm is apparently out, but the party will go on. Nightlife celebrity magnet Omar Hernandez is returning to the fray exactly one year from the closure of his Greenwich Village hotspot, Omar’s La Ranita. There, he was able to draw a star-studded crowd, including Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Katy Perry, and Bella Hadid.
With an occupancy of about 150, Omar’s will serve via two thirty-foot bars across the ground floor and basement. Plans call for thirteen tables and sixty-nine seats, with a full menu of “continental” fare.
Hernandez and his partner, John Mingione, will appear before Community Board 3 this month for its full 4am liquor license.
Expect the sordid history of 302 Broome to be re-exhumed. Over a decade of controversy at Happy Ending, from its promise of an art bar to neighborhood complaints, and the later allegations of rape and assault on premise. In its final year (2017), the city greenlit two inter-agency stings that ultimately spelled the end. Better Days was just a de- fanged version of same.