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Mini Rex ‘Sober’ Karaoke Bar Prepares for Fall Opening

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:07 am

Mini Rex is almost a year-and-a-half in the making, yet is about a month from opening. Build-out work has been ongoing throughout the summer at 87 Ludlow Street, the former five-year home of Leftfield (d. September 2017). It is here, just south of Delancey, that co-founders Edouard Gave and Karin Elga will impart a two-store […]

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‘Sensei’ Art Bar Erased from Eldridge Street After a Year

Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

It’s not a stretch to say that art gallery bars these days are not a sound business model. Invariably, such concepts morph into nightclubs or close outright (or both). In the case of Sensei on Eldridge Street, it was the latter. The pseudo-skater-slash-gallery bar exited 135 Eldridge Street not too long ago. A window-hogging leasing […]

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Coalition of Block Associations Fight for SLA Enforcement in Saturated Areas

Last modified August 17, 2018 at 6:30 am

A broad coalition of block associations from across the Five Boroughs is fighting the state to help curb bar saturation in overloaded neighborhoods. Neighborhoods United – jumpstarted in the spring by the Lower East Side Dwellers – now counts 36 member groups on its roster, with the goal of forcing the State Liquor Authority to […]

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Fatta Cuckoo Vet Wants ‘There’ to be a Bar at 154 Orchard Street

Last modified July 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Georgian-style eatery Red Compass lost its way, and ultimately pulled the plug on 154 Orchard Street last December. Now, seven months after its demise, a fresh face is on the block. Ricky Dolinsky, former chef de cuisine of long-gone Fatta Cuckoo from Clinton Street (among others), is angling to open here. The establishment is called “There,” […]

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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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SLA Denies ‘La Caverna’ Expansion on Rivington Street, Saying it would ‘Disrupt the Neighborhood’

Posted January 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

La Caverna will not be expanding its operations into the upper levels of 122 Rivington Street. Indeed, the State Liquor Authority last week denied the applicants in the months-long application to alter their liquor license, noting that the proposed iteration would be “too big” and would “disrupt the entire area.” Fifteen years after its debut […]

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Delilah is Donezo: Rivington Street Club is Getting Auctioned off Today

Posted January 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

This morning, some news that neighbors might relish. It would appear that the closure of Delilah on Rivington Street is permanent. An auction of its furnishings is set for later this afternoon. Thus caps a tumultuous few weeks for the controversial, year-old nightclub. The downward spiral started with the slashing of three patrons outside Delilah […]

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Why Doesn’t CB3 Want to Talk About the Comprehensive Alcohol Outlet Density Resolution?

Posted January 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

For a community board whose district is overrun with liquor licenses and quality-of-life fallout, it’s somewhat striking why its leaders wouldn’t stand behind a draft resolution that attacks the issue head-on. Nevertheless, that appears to be the state of affairs at Community Board 3; same old, same, old. At stake is a resolution that the […]

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‘La Caverna’ Nightclub Heads to SLA for its Multilevel Expansion on Rivington Street

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

When La Caverna first proposed its concept for Rivington Street in 2002, it was presented as an Italian restaurant. In fact, it was a bait-and-switch club that still has some Lower East Side residents are still coping. Now ownership hopes to expand La Caverna with a multilevel experience. Fooled once, yes. Not again. Fifteen years […]

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SLA Denies License to Controversial Sons of Essex Operator for Allen Street Club

Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:53 am

Controversial landlord-developer Michael Shah and his Line Group nightlife arm were dealt a major blow on Wednesday when the State Liquor Authority denied their proposal for a Mexican nightspot called Dos Cientos. In the works for nearly a year, Shah and his usual suspects had been trying to convert the three-years-vacant Preserve 24 space at the […]

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