Rob Shamlian

One Year Later, ‘Grunhaus’ Beer Hall on Rivington Street Closes

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

When the southeast corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets goes dark, you take notice. After all, this is possibly the most party-concentrated block in Hell Square. Grunhaus, the year-old beer hall that replaced Spitzer’s Corner, hasn’t been open lately. Most notably, this past Saturday night during peak party hours. Calls to the establishment go unanswered […]

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New ‘Paint ‘N Sip’ Concept Eyes Vacant Fat Baby Spot on Rivington Street

Posted March 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

If the proverbial planets align, Hell Square is on tap to catch a new “paint and sip” establishment. On one of the worst blocks and notorious of spaces. The controversial Fat Baby footprint on Rivington Street has been vacant and on the market since Rob Shamlian shuttered the bar in 2017 and fled. Listings since […]

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‘Fat Baby’ Club Replacement Headed for Rivington Street

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:04 am

It’s not over until the fat baby screams. Rob Shamlian’s former Rivington Street club, Fat Baby, went belly up almost one year ago. Since then, the 3,350 square-foot space is continually pitched as a prime nightlife opportunity, and listed on the market. Some listings boast the “awesome 3-floor club” with an asking price of $20,000. […]

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Spitzer’s Corner Reopened this Weekend as ‘Grunhaus’ on Rivington Street

Last modified March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

Spitzer’s Corner closed in late-January and went under the knife a a few weeks later. The establishment went through a speedy conversion to a new nightlife concept that’s basically more of the same. Meet Grunhaus, the successor, which officially opened over the weekend. Fresh neon signage has been in play since last week. They serve […]

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‘Spitzer’s Corner’ Closes for Renovations

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:05 am

For the first time in a long time, the southeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets is relatively quiet. Ten-year-old Spitzer’s Corner closed this week for a slight makeover. Signs announcing the onsite renovations appear in the doorway of the establishment. This is an expected development. As previously reported, hated Hell Square operator Rob Shamlian is […]

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Ten Years on, Spitzer’s Corner Morphs to ‘Spritzenhaus LES’

Posted January 8, 2018 at 5:05 am

Controversial Hell Square gastropub, Spitzer’s Corner, likely has a makeover in its future. Its owner Rob Shamlian is apparently looking to spruce things up a bit after ten years at Rivington and Ludlow Streets. Spitzer’s returns to Community Board 3 tonight, not for a sale of assets as in recent months, but to alter the […]

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‘Fat Baby’ on Rivington Street is Dead, Now Renting for $23K Per Month

Posted September 11, 2017 at 5:11 am

“Gone Fishin,” the handwritten note says in the door portal of 112 Rivington Street. Fat Baby is gone for good, indeed. However, it doesn’t appear that a sale of the bar actually transpired. Sources had previously noted that Fat Baby was acquired, but would undergo complete transformation (including namesake) to attract a high-end clientele. To […]

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Fat Baby Closed Down on Saturday Night [UPDATED]

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Fat Baby, the controversial Hell Square club on Rivington Street owned by Rob Shamlian, is finished. It turned off the lights for the last time on Saturday night after a dirty dozen years in business. But a reboot of some sort is probably in the wings. The closure is most likely linked to the purported […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Report: Bloody Scuffle at Los Feliz this Month Highlights Hell Square Descent

Last modified January 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Los Feliz on Ludlow Street again proves itself to be one of the worst bars in Hell Square. Two men were arrested last week in the wake of a bar-room brawl this month at the six-year-old Ludlow Street taqueria. The early morning incident between two patrons began inside, spilled into the street, and left one with […]

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