State Liquor Authority

‘Skin Contact’ Wine Bar Opens on Orchard Street Next Week

Posted February 12, 2020 at 5:10 am

Skin Contact will open this month, after all. Yet not without plenty of hurdles. Ownership emailed us after we published a piece chronicling their dismay over the delay in obtaining a liquor license at 76 Orchard Street. You’ll recall that this spot was last occupied five years ago by Ochado Ramen, and a short run […]

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Skin Contact Wine Bar to Open on Orchard Street when ‘SLA Gets Their Act Together’

Posted February 11, 2020 at 5:09 am

There is a new wine bar on the precipice of opening on Orchard Street. But you’ll need to wait a bit longer before making Skin Contact. The space at 76 Orchard – formerly the doomed Ochado Ramen restaurant and subsequently dormant for five years – transformed over the last several months into this new venue. […]

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Albert Trummer will Soon Open ‘La Bas’ in Grand Street Basement

Posted October 29, 2019 at 5:11 am

A notorious mixologist best known for setting his Chinatown bar-top on fire is finally opening his long-delayed Grand Street club. Apotheke vet Albert Trummer obtained his full liquor license for the basement of 324 Grand last January. Despite neighborhood protest. Now, a year later, he’s ready to talk about La Bas. Formerly named The Atelier, […]

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Cuomo Signs New Law to Create State Liquor License Database

Posted October 8, 2019 at 5:01 am

Finally a ray of light for residents long plagued by bad operators with full liquor licenses. Last week, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill sponsored by local New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick that requires the State Liquor Authority to create and maintain a public database of information specific to […]

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A Decade Later, Allen Street Hotel Finally has Something to Show for Itself

Posted March 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s not the crust in your eyes – the Allen Street Hotel is indeed showing itself. The mechanical system of bars and netting recently came down to reveal the glassy new facade. At first glance, The Allen, as it’s now named, appears to resemble the Pomeranc-designed Sixty (formerly, Thompson LES) just up the block. As […]

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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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