Le Baron Won’t be Returning to Chinatown, Here’s Why

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 at 9:36 am by

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Photo: Superfuture

Popular French club import Le Baron won’t be returning to Chinatown. The operation shuttered last June out of the blue for “summer vacation” and never reopened. That announcement came via Instagram, which promised a return in fall 2015. Not so much; and we now understand why.

Scope out the Marshal’s seizure notice, dated March 9 (two days ago), attached to the front door of 32 Mulberry Street. The landlord now has legal possession of the space again.

Moreover, word on the street is that the State Liquor Authority previously canceled Le Baron’s liquor license due to underage drinking on premise. Apparently the fashionable triplex nightclub was thrice busted by undercover operatives at the time. The SLA database currently shows their license as “inactive.”

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Taped to 32 Mulberry Street

And now the Le Baron space at 32 Mulberry is being shopped around for new occupants. So, we reached out to Karlin Chan, an organizer and pillar of the Chinatown community, for comment regarding the vacancy. He’s gearing up for battle against any outsider nightclubs. “If it’s a bar/club wanting to open [in place of Le Baron], I’ll round up the opposition again,” he says. “Been pretty successful these past couple years.”

The Parisian club import debuted in 2010. Its proprietor, Andre Saraiva (also a street artist), can now focus full time on his Forsyth Street establishmentCafe Henrie.

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