Rouge Wine Bar Closes After SLA Denies Wine License

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 at 6:05 am by
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It’s kinda tough to survive as a wine bar when your namesake beverage has been outlawed by the State Liquor Authority. Such is the quandary which befell Rouge Wine Bar, and the likely reason for its failure. The establishment shuttered on Sunday evening after barely two months serving at 94 Rivington Street. Brown paper was placed in the windows shortly thereafter, with a brief message of explanation – “Work in progress.”

Meanwhile, we’re hearing rumors on the street that the Rouge crew has been trying to find a buyer who will assume control of the business.

The SLA refused to allow wine and beer at 94 Rivington, a mind-bender considering the agency usually rubber stamps such applications. Apparently it came to light that Rouge had been illegally serving wine while its license was still pending at the state level.

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