Coming Soon: Ha’chi Restaurant & Lounge at 185 Orchard

Posted on: March 17th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

The hulking Thompson LES superstructure was completed in July 2008, ushering in a new era for the neighborhood.  Hotel restaurant Shang quickly followed, as did outdoor nuisance Above Allen.  Yet, the more low-key retail backside of 185 Orchard Street remained dormant pretty much from the get-go.

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But that all changed two months ago, when word leaked that high-end bread maker Landbrot was planning a flagship in one of the three divided storefronts.  And now a second has officially been earmarked for a Japanese joint called Ha’chi Restaurant & Lounge.  Teaser banners arrived on scene in recent days announcing the forthcoming establishment.  Other than that, more conclusive information on the new venture is aggravatingly scant.

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What we do know, however, is that Ha’chi was twice denied by Community Board 3 last year for not showing to the SLA meeting.  In November 2010 [PDF], reps sought permission for wine and beer; in December 2010 [PDF], it was for the on-premise liquor license.

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