Chinatown’s ‘Dr. Clark’ Looks to Open Club Next Door on Bayard Street
Dr. Clark opened last year days before the city went into lockdown. Tough timing aside, it’s now ready to expand with another liquor establishment just next door on Bayard Street.
The upscale restaurant, which specializes in Hokkaido Japanese cuisine, officially launched in early March of 2020, just as cases of Covid-19 first surfaced in New York. However, Dr. Clark was forced to close in the ensuing lockdown until “open restaurants” allowed them to build curbside seating.
What followed, though, raised eyebrows for those living in the area surrounding the restaurant.
Nearby residents were treated to a nightly bellowing of drunken diners screeching out songs on the karaoke system placed inside the open seating shed. It initially sounded like the bullhorns used by demonstrators waiting outside the Tombs for their colleagues who had been detained to be released.
Dr. Clark’s owners are not good players, and caught in the crossfire are the non-English speaking seniors living in the surrounding buildings. Noise complaints to NYC’s 311 were summarily closed as not found due to ongoing protests last June.
Last month, Dr. Clark’s new venture next door at 102 Bayard Street – to be called Bar Clark – received the approval nod from Community Board 3 for a full liquor license. An about-face from the prior month, when ownership withdrew its beer-wine application. According to the May minutes, what appeared to be a faux neighborhood block association had vetted the application but they missed telltale signs of a “bait-and-switch” that include a plastering over windows facing the sidewalk to hide inside activity from public view.
At the end of the day, it looks like they’re creating a nightlife zone in Chinatown and residents will have to deal with quality of life issues.