Rouge NYC

Failed Wine Bar on Rivington Street Becomes New ‘Zen Chai’ Cafe

Posted May 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

The tables were set, without a meal in sight. In life, but most recently in death. Such was the trajectory of Rouge Wine Bar, one of the biggest Hell Square failures in recent memory. Now, more than a year after shuttering, its former home at 94 Rivington Street will transform into a cafe. Indeed, lime-green […]

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After 16 Months, Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street Wants to Cash Out

Last modified February 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Sixteen months after debut, the Lower East Side outpost of Galli Restaurant is apparently on the rocks. Just like Rouge Wine Bar down the block. Proprietor Michael Forrest, the Board Chair of the Lower East Side Partnership (nee BID) who also happens to own 98 Rivington Street, just placed the space on the open market. Listings to […]

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‘Rouge Wine Bar’ is Looking to Ditch 94 Rivington Street

Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:10 am

To look upon it is to know failure. Rouge Wine Bar is officially on the outs. That certainly explains the removal of the red signage from the facade of 94 Rivington Street. If the listings are accurate, the business is looking to divest from the neighborhood. It was a stillborn concept from the get-go, and […]

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Nearly Dead on the Vine, Rouge Wine Bar Promises to Reopen on Rivington Street

Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

Despite a 5-day notice of lease termination from the landlord last April, and the fact that it’s been closed forever, Rouge Wine Bar still threatens to reopen at 94 Rivington Street. Each week passes with the promise (from ownership) of an opening the following week. This half-assed attempt at a watering hole, which looks more like a furniture […]

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Rivington’s Rouge Wine Bar Booted Despite Promises to Return

Last modified April 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

The Sharpie scrawl on the window paper of 94 Rivington Street reads, “work in progress.” More like a train wreck in progress. Such is life for the aborted Rouge Wine Bar, which ran afoul of the State Liquor Authority earlier this year after selling booze without a proper license. When time came two months ago for […]

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Rouge Wine Bar Closes After SLA Denies Wine License

Last modified February 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

It’s kinda tough to survive as a wine bar when your namesake beverage has been outlawed by the State Liquor Authority. Such is the quandary which befell Rouge Wine Bar, and the likely reason for its failure. The establishment shuttered on Sunday evening after barely two months serving at 94 Rivington Street. Brown paper was placed […]

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Whynot Coffee and Rouge Wine Bar Denied Licenses by the SLA

Posted February 12, 2014 at 6:03 am

  Despite its various efforts to obtain a full liquor license, Lower East Side newcomer Whynot Cafe at Orchard Street was officially denied by the State Liquor Authority last month. Whynot had first applied to Community Board 3 for full liquor back in October, but the advisory committee asked they withdraw and return for wine […]

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Rouge Wine Bar Opens at 94 Rivington Street

Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:09 am

Rouge Wine Bar opened this past weekend on Rivington Street. For the time being, however, the new hang cannot live up to its name – the spot is dry. Meaning, their wine and beer license is still pending with the State Liquor Authority. So for now, they’re BYO. As for food options, there are five […]

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Rouge Wine Bar Announces Itself at 94 Rivington Street

Posted November 11, 2013 at 6:05 am

The plywood enclosure was peeled from the storefront of 94 Rivington not too long ago, revealing a glassy new exterior. A bright red sign followed shortly thereafter, announcing the imminent arrival of Rouge NYC. You know, that Hell Square wine bar concept we told you about back in June. Rouge, billed by ownership as a […]

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Coming Soon: Rouge NYC Wine Bar at 94 Rivington Street

Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:40 am

Hell Square might be in store for another wine bar. A day after we brought news of a possible wine bar replacement for Tromba on Ludlow (Amuse), it appears another such venture is in the works for 94 Rivington Street. 94 Rivington, of course, was a bodega operation until last August when the business consolidated […]

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