Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

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It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback.

Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits viewing the space.

Now, 82 Stanton Street is poised to return to its old ways. It appears the co-owner of newish 310 Bowery Bar, one Rick Aurigemma (also of Corkbuzz), is behind the Epstein’s comeback (under corporate name Epstein’s Bar, LLC), and will appear before Community Board 3 next month. The requisite notice is taped to the front door, already a threat to quality-of-life.

(310 Bowery Bar seemingly has a terrible reputation both in real life and on Yelp.)

However, in the inimitable words of Admiral Akbar – “It’s a trap.”

After all, the ouster of Epstein’s Bar from Hell Square in 2015 after more than a dozen years was due to a purported lack of code compliance. This issue persists. According to DOB records, 82 Stanton should’ve been a clothing store all along, as its official zoning is for the use group class permitting only “sales of clothing.” During the last twelve months of its life, then-owner Erik McMannus tried to amend the Certificate of Occupancy and expand two floors upward in one fell swoop to essentially legalize the space. The alteration never got off the ground.

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To meet code, Aurigemma’s reboot would, among other things, need to settle more than a dozen open violations totaling approximately $95,000 in penalties.

The full license application will be heard before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 on May 15.

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