‘Rouge Wine Bar’ is Looking to Ditch 94 Rivington Street

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 at 5:10 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

To look upon it is to know failure.

Rouge Wine Bar is officially on the outs. That certainly explains the removal of the red signage from the facade of 94 Rivington Street. If the listings are accurate, the business is looking to divest from the neighborhood.

It was a stillborn concept from the get-go, and its shutter should surprise no one in Hell Square. Their whole existence was forged with controversy. You’ll recall that this half-assed attempt at a wine bar, which looks more like a tacky furniture store than anything else, was operational for a couple days at the beginning of 2014, and immediately closed by the State Liquor Authority for not possessing a valid beer-wine license from the State Liquor Authority. They eventually did, but wouldn’t reopen until a year later, and later struggled to attract a crowd.

So, three years into its lease – only a third of that time open to the public – departure is nigh. The first real estate listings hit Craigslist within the last few days. Rouge is looking to ditch the 1,500 square-foot space for $7,572 per month, plus key money.

94 Rivington was previously a bodega operation until August 2012 when the business consolidated its holdings with the SX convenience store on the corner of Essex Street.

Recent Stories

Mark Miller Reopens Orchard Street Gallery This Week with Street Artist Hektad

The Mark Miller Gallery returns to Orchard Street this week, and is enlisting the help of an established graffiti writer to help relaunch. The longtime Lower East Side showroom will reopen on Wednesday – after a two-year pandemic hiatus – with an exhibit featuring Hektad. “Looking at the graffiti art of Hektad is like finding […]

Chetrit Buys into Two Bridges Waterfront While Starrett Lists for $100M

No longer hamstrung by the courts, the unbuilt Two Bridges towers on the Lower East Side waterfront are changing hands. In the span of a week, one of the three major developers sold its stake while another looks to do the same. Mere days before the Thanksgiving holiday, word broke that Joe Chetrit acquired the […]

The Bizarre ‘Mumming’ History of Thanksgiving Masking

What follows is a reworking of a post originally published on Bowery Boogie in 2014. There was once a time when Thanksgiving customs more resembled Halloween masquerading than traditional turkey and history lessons. That’s right. So get out your masks, people! Thanksgivoween is upon us. Two key words: masking and mumming. To surmise thousands of […]

Children’s Magical Garden Files Lawsuit Against Developer Over Alleged Intimidation Tactics

The Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton Street is again battling its longtime nemesis, owner-developer of the neighboring parcel, The Horizon Group. Garden advocates led by Kate Temple-West filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday in New York State Supreme Court alleging that principal David Marom, who purchased the adjacent lot from Serge Hoyda in 2013, engaged […]

Pregnant Woman Shot by Parolee Boyfriend on LES Dies

A pregnant woman shot by her parolee boyfriend earlier this month died of her injuries last Thursday. The 27-year-old victim, who was about three months pregnant with the gunman’s baby, had been on life support since the November 11 incident, according to published reports. As previously reported, the perp – Bronx resident Dennis Fredricks, a […]