Russ & Daughters Might Open Cafe Nightspot at 127 Orchard

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 at 5:16 am by
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In the spring of 2012, we heard talk that Russ & Daughters was looking to expand the family business around the corner on Orchard Street. The talk was seemingly suspect, and nothing ever came of it. A year later, though, rumors are stoked again thanks to its inclusion on the SLA agenda for Community Board 3. It would appear that the fourth-generation owners are seeking full liquor privileges for a new endeavor at 127 Orchard Street tentatively called Russ & Daughters Cafe (Fourthgen LLC).

Yes, the table looks set, but when reached for comment, the Russ & Daughters front office says that the application was listed “in error.” Seems fishy, especially with the transparency of the corporate name made public. Our guess is word leaked early and this is some damage control.

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127 Orchard Street has been a vacancy since All Leather departed over two years ago. Much like its immediate neighbor to the north, Lucky Jack’s, the footprint is huge, occupying a space that goes through the block to the Allen side.

If this new satellite actually happens, it would be a homecoming of sorts for the family, as the first Russ & Daughters brick-and-mortar was located just up the block at 187 Orchard Street in 1914. The business later moved to 179 East Houston in 1920, where it’s been ever since. Cousins Joshua Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman helm the operation these days.

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