Owner of Incomplete Allen Street Hotel to Take Over Sago Hotel Next Door
The owner of a decade-old, yet incomplete Hell Square hotel is poised to take over the competition next door.
The Sago Hotel, which debuted on the block four years ago, has the proverbial target on its back. Owner of the long-delayed Allen Street Hotel (aka The Allen), Morad Kalimian, submitted an application with Community Board 3 tonight to take over the boutique lodge. In one fell swoop, it should spell control of one-third of the hotels in Hell Square (there are six north of Delancey).
Sago is already equipped with the full hotel license, but this corporate change triggers a new license process. The paperwork submitted to CB3 this month includes nightlife plans for the sixth-floor terrace (not part of the original Sago license) and a replacement for Noga, the ground-floor Kosher dairy restaurant.
Obviously, neighbors are concerned about an exposed terrace and how noise will affect quality of life on a notoriously over-saturated block.
As for the proposed eatery, the newcomer is called Juantons (seriously) and will offer Asian-Mexican fusion. Dumplings and tacos.
The Sago Hotel opened in January 2016, shortly before Kalimian had purchased the Allen Street Hotel in auction for $30.75 million. The latter hotel has been in the works for more than a decade and remains unopened (and unlicensed).