Brokers Pimp Former Sixth Ward Space on Orchard Street with Open House

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 at 5:12 am by

Tower Brokerage wants to unload the former Sixth Ward space on Orchard Street. There is a constant flurry of emails from company brokers and related real estate listings on Craigslist. All trying to sell the 2,900 square-foot space for $32,500 in monthly rent in an area battle-hardened with liquor over-saturation.

But desperation kicked into full gear last Thursday with an open house opportunity.

It’s not often in Hell Square to see such widely publicized open house events for commercial spaces. Nevertheless, Tower Brokerage reopened the doors of 191 Orchard to the public for the first time since the Sixth Ward was removed from the premises last April. Brokers wooed potential clients with “food, booze, and a great restaurant location.”

Tipsters on hand informed us that a new “plywood bar” was built inside the sub-level room to “show what it would feel like as a bar.” A staging of sorts. You know, since the space was completely gutted in the last few months. The source further notes that any retail option for this space has been priced out of Hell Square’s “alcohol economy.”

What’s interesting about the circulated listings and blueprints is that the space pitched also includes the adjacent nail salon, which was recently renovated. Suitors who hope to install another bar here should probably know that total war from the LES Dwellers block association is likely.

As a recap…

The Sixth Ward was a bait-and-switch operation from the get-go, having originally scored a liquor license in 2007 based on the premise it would become a vegetarian restaurant. Instead, the business morphed into a sports bar without SLA consent, illegally used the rear yard without valid Certificate of Occupancy (there’s only one egress), erected a glass enclosure that blocked the one egress (later removed), and frequently allowed over-capacity without a Public Assembly permit (74 patron maximum).

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