Sutra’s Ariel Palitz is Working on a New ‘Venue’ in the Neighborhood
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As the ten-year-old Sutra Lounge bows out to make way for a Murray Hill-style sports Bar, proprietor Ariel Palitz is already on to the next venture. In a candid interview with Steve Lewis of Blackbook, the club owner discusses that she’s “currently in development of a new venue in the neighborhood.” It’ll allegedly be a “radical departure” from Sutra.
In addition to finally completing the documentary film and book that I have been working on for a couple of years now, I am already currently in development of a new venue in the neighborhood. It is still a bit too premature to divulge anything about it at this time. What I can say, is that it is still in hospitality and is offering something to the daily and nightly NY culture that I think has been missing. Still, it is a radical departure from Sutra. Stay tuned.
In addition to that, I really want to expand my consulting services for nightlife operators. Having survived and thrived in this industry for so long, as well as being on the Community Board, I really feel compelled to share my experience to help others avoid unnecessary pitfalls and to really help people achieve their own dream the way I did.
The article is chock full of bits about the state of Lower East Side nightlife and her controversial seat on the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3. Below is another pertinent excerpt.
Many people have asked me if I intend to stay on the board now that Sutra is closing, and the answer is absolutely yes! If anything, the sorry state of affairs at CB3 and the Liquor Licensing Committee has impassioned me more than ever to stick with it and to be part of the movement for the reform that is so very necessary. Although it is very difficult for me to sit there month after month in a completely tone deaf process, that somehow simultaneously manages to insult and disregard the wants and needs of both the neighbors and the applicants, I remain hopeful that dramatic changes are on the immediate horizon. We cannot continue to operate in a climate of hostility and resentment towards an entire industry that contributes so much to our city, our economy and culture. We can no longer allow the arbitrary and unjustifiable restrictions on venues that do nothing but harm busineeses and do nothing to solve the real quality of life problems we have. We can no longer allow the hate mongering in on-line blogs that operate under the guise of community activism, and allow articles and “anonymous” comments to lobby monthly character assinations on bars and their owners and be considered gospel. To me, it feels like nothing but useless and malicious hate porn and a total waste of the power of the Press.
Sutra closes on September 10 with a farewell party feature Questlove on the turntables.