Well, perhaps the looooooooong saga about a new bar-restaurant for 34 Avenue has finally come to a close.
Anyway, a tipster hears that a dog-grooming business is opening here. A little fishy seeing as the rent was upwards of $15K for the main floor, but it has been empty for some time...
Last August, Patrick Hedlund at DNAinfo reported: "We don’t think you can get a liquor license at this point because of so much negative history,” said ... a broker for Coldwell Banker, noting her client is growing desperate to bring in a new tenant."
The address showed up three consecutive months on the CB3/SLA docket this year ... and the mystery applicants were a scratch all three months.
The listing at Living New York says that the space has been rented.
And the for rent sign is down...
Updated 11:02 a.m.
We heard from Danny Frost, who confirmed the rumor. He said the space will be home to Ruff Club, "a social club for dogs."
"We think of it as an updated take on 'doggie daycare' with an eye toward the unique tastes and lifestyles of our East Village neighbors," said Frost, an East Village resident. "A major piece of our concept is a dog-and-human-friendly space in our clubhouse where members can socialize, create stuff, or maybe even get a little work done."
Subject to licensing, they do intend to offer grooming (and eventually boarding) services. By the way, they are taking the first floor and basement. The karate kids will stay as the tenants upstairs...
And, for the record (based on those comments to this post!): "We do not intend to offer food or drink."
And they have a website where you can query them for more details.