Skin Contact Wine Bar to Open on Orchard Street when ‘SLA Gets Their Act Together’

Posted on: February 11th, 2020 at 5:09 am by

There is a new wine bar on the precipice of opening on Orchard Street. But you’ll need to wait a bit longer before making Skin Contact.

The space at 76 Orchard – formerly the doomed Ochado Ramen restaurant and subsequently dormant for five years – transformed over the last several months into this new venue. It’s apparently ready to go, if not for the bureaucracy.

The Skin Contact crew is apparently getting restless. Cagey, even. The latest is that they’ll open “whenever the SLA gets their act together.” Presumably with regard to issuing the liquor license at the space.

The most recent update on the official Instagram was the discovery of some ghost signage while “jumping yet another splendid hoop laid forth by the SLA.”

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The space that would become the home of Skin Contact Wine Bar, was once Rose Knit Grocery Co back in 1937. We found that out yesterday, jumping yet another splendid hoop laid forth by the SLA.⁠ ⁠ The back room was once two bedrooms and a kitchen; a typical live-work space under an ancient broad Tenement Law. ⁠ ⁠ The Department of Buildings dug out 'I-Cards': a censuses-type of handwritten notes by inspectors on foot. When the bedrooms were brought down, a Hosiery and Underwear store took over. ⁠ ⁠ The maximum occupancy, dating as old as 1905, had a grand total of 'four'. Today in 2020, the SLA decides they finally have a problem with 'four'. We shared a giggle with the lovely people at D.O.B, who even made a joke of how all that space (for the exclusive four) just wouldn't jive with our name.⁠ ⁠ #skincontact #winebar #oldnewyork #manhattan #naturalwine #bts #smallbusiness⁠

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