Cursed 71 Clinton Street Space Reboots with ‘The Whales’ this Week

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Down, but still not out, one Clinton Street bar-owner is apparently trying again.

Those keeping track know full well that 71 Clinton Street is no stranger to turnover. It’s a perennially hexed property. Every restaurant in this spot since the eviction of Fat Hippo six years ago has been from the same principle – Patate Fellow, Hachember, Itazakaya Dodom Pa, and, as of last July, Seoul Chicken (an issue with “oil pipes” was apparently to blame).

And now, time to try again. The Whales is next in line to (likely) meet the same fate. The awning was re-painted earlier this month, the interior cleaned and prepared. Scheduled to open later this week, the new-old bar will focus on the nebulous menu of “Asian Tapas.”

This troubled property is owned one Robert Jaffe. He forked over more than $16 million for the 7-story, 15,000 square-foot corner building last November. The previous owner, Steven Rosenfeld, filed for bankruptcy in 2011, and Jaffe purchased the assets in a court-approved auction.

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