Black Tree Nixes Expansion Into Adjacent Space; Principals Eye 122 Orchard Street
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Serving Orchard Street for a year and a half, Brooklyn-based Black Tree was thought to be on the offensive. Having already secured proper blessings from Community Board 3, the low key “farm-to-table” sandwich shop was poised to annex the adjacent store and with full liquor.
But landlord greed was reportedly the proverbial monkey wrench in those grand plans. The expansion is dead in the water. We are told that the shop’s own modest success got in the way, and building owner Samy Mahfar allegedly leveraged them for some crazy up-front money; 18 months of rent upon lease signing. So Black Tree walked away from the deal.
Black Tree proprietors Sandy Dee Hall and Macnair Sillick didn’t give up, though, and apparently paired up with Cletus McKeown, and Jacob Rogers. The motley crew is now aiming to open a new venture directly across the street at 122 Orchard. Application materials submitted to Community Board 3 reveal that a full liquor license is sought for the location. They were gonna appear on Monday to obtain advisory approval, but are a last-minute scratch.
This tiny block of Orchard – situated within the confines of Hell Square – is quickly becoming saturated with liquor licenses. Neighbors should worry, and CB3 must address the matter. The leather vendors are quickly fading, and the only replacement seems to be nightlife.