Tuesday, May 26, 2015
In early April, the State of New York seized sister bars the Belgian Room and Hop Devil Grill on St. Mark's Place near Avenue A.
The bars will not be reopening. There's now a sign up on Hop Devil's front door, noting a Tax Compliance Agent's Sale on Thursday morning here at 125 St. Mark's Place…
There is not a sign up at the Belgian Room. (There is a flyer up next door at the former Ton-Up Cafe, the space that separates Hop Devil and the Belgian Room. Ton-Up has been on the market since the fall. Likely just some overzealous sign hanging on behalf of the State.)
Meanwhile, there still isn't any sign of life a storefront away at the Luca Bar. A Marshal's notice appeared on the door at 119 St. Mark's Place in late April.
Looking in, it appears that part of Luca's ceiling came down…
… and there's some mail too…
So that's four spaces among five storefronts here on the north side of St. Mark's primed for new businesses …
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Belgian Room and Hop Devil Grill closed for nonpayment of taxes
The Marshal seizes Luca Bar (again) on St. Mark's Place
Monday, February 24, 2014
Vito DiTomaso opened the original Luca Lounge on Avenue B back in 1997. The venue closed sometime in the spring of 2012. (Luca Bar remains open on St. Mark's Place.)
Turns out that DiTomaso is making a return engagement to 222 Avenue B with The Roost, a coffee shop-bar hybrid that held a friends-family gathering on Saturday night.
Here's the description via The Roost Facebook page
The Roost is a hideout that pays homage to iconic spaces of the past where high and low can find common ground and drink, eat, laugh and carouse together.
They'll be serving coffee (Brooklyn Roasting Co.) … as well as beer… and we're not sure what else exactly at the moment.
The Roost Facebook page includes a few photos of the interior…
There's also a fireplace.
Friday, June 7, 2013
An eviction notice, dated yesterday, is posted on the door at Luca Bar at 119 St. Mark's Place ...
No other information is available right at the moment.
Almost two years ago to the date, the Marshal seized Luca Bar. According to The Local , the owners of the bar owed state tax officials $31,385.49, not including interest and penalties; that the bar has six open warrants for unpaid taxes dating to November 2009.
The bar did reopen several days later.
Its sister bar, Luca Lounge, closed last spring on Avenue B.
Luca Bar is open.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
While on the topic of Avenue B storefronts... Luca Lounge closed on Avenue B last spring... the first listing that we spotted for the space between East 13th Street and East 14th Street had an insane $19,995 monthly rental ask... (A stated 1,800 square-foot space.)
Now! An Avenue B tipster points out that the rent is now $14,000, per this Loop Net listing. Our tipster notes the price is still high, but slightly closer to market...
Previously on EV Grieve:
What the rent is for the former Luca Lounge space on Avenue B