Liquor License

A Night in the Life of a Sidewalk Nightclub in Hell Square

Posted August 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

A neighbor living on Ludlow Street sent along the following dispatch of a late-night encounter during routine weekend partying in Hell Square. One thing seems clear, the situation in this “ground zero” is worse now than pre-pandemic times. At approximately 12:15am Sunday (August 1), our 4th-floor apartment was suddenly overwhelmed by the sound of thumping […]

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‘Ixta’ Eyes Former DBGB Space on the Bowery

Posted August 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

The years-vacant storefront at the glassy 299 Bowery, formerly home to DBGB, has a new suitor. Liquor license application materials reveal that restaurateur Akbarali Himani looks to revive the Ixta namesake for a new, full service restaurant serving “Authentic Mexican [cuisine] and specialty drinks.” (Ixta was a similar midtown restaurant in the early aughts.) The […]

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The Menace of Summertime Saturday Night on Ludlow Street

Last modified June 21, 2021 at 8:06 am

With comfort levels of close-quarters partying seemingly back to pre-pandemic norms, Hell Square has rebounded in kind. Neighbors report that any quality-of-life progress gained in this sixteen square-block sector over the last few years completely evaporated. The hordes of hellraisers were out in full force again this past Saturday night. One week after a roving […]

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Peppa’s Jerk Chicken Scouts Stanton Street for Expansion

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

A popular jerk chicken spot in Brooklyn is headed to Hell Square on the Lower East Side. Crown Heights counter-service spot, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, is currently eyeing 90-96 Stanton Street. The multi-storefront space previously hosted the short-lived Falafix. News of their likely arrival is confirmed by liquor license application materials submitted to Community Board 3 […]

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SLA Reinstates SET LES Liquor License

Posted October 13, 2020 at 5:04 am

Two months after the state came down hard on SET LES for coronavirus related violations, the Hell Square haunt is back on the scene. The State Liquor Authority last week reinstated the liquor license at 127 Ludlow Street on an appeal from ownership. We’re told that the business settled on a fine of $30,000, allowing […]

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It Appears Max Fish is Selling Rebooted Orchard Street Bar

Posted September 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

For the second time in years, obituaries are to be written for a Lower East Side classic. Max Fish, which defied the odds to reopen in a new location, might close down all over again. The first evidence of what’s to transpire here on Orchard Street is an application for a new liquor license at […]

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SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price. The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their […]

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SLA Suspends ‘Noree Thai Bazaar’ on Grand Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted August 26, 2020 at 5:01 am

Lower East Side establishments continue to act in defiance of state coronavirus mandates. And ultimately pay the price. Newcomer Noree Thai Bazaar on Grand Street is the latest to fall victim to State Liquor Authority enforcement. The agency suspended the bar’s liquor license after investigators paid a visit last Friday. According to an update from […]

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Topless Lap Dancing Leads to ‘Shinsen’ Bust on the Bowery

Posted August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Japanese restaurant on the Bowery was caught offering topless lap dances and indoor drinking, in defiance of social distance protocols, officials said this week. According to Governor Cuomo’s latest report of top violators of coronavirus-related regulations, the nascent multi-agency task force caught Shinsen red-handed. Investigators observed at least 35 individuals, the majority not wearing […]

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SLA Suspends SET LES Liquor License for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Last modified July 27, 2020 at 10:28 am

The State Liquor Authority last week issued liquor license suspensions to ten establishments in violation of coronavirus-related mandates, including one on the Lower East Side. Mere days after boisterous partying outside SET on Ludlow Street – with minimal distancing and few masks in sight – the state enacted a “compliance check” on the premises and […]

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