Fatta Cuckoo Vet Wants ‘There’ to be a Bar at 154 Orchard Street

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Georgian-style eatery Red Compass lost its way, and ultimately pulled the plug on 154 Orchard Street last December. Now, seven months after its demise, a fresh face is on the block.

Ricky Dolinsky, former chef de cuisine of long-gone Fatta Cuckoo from Clinton Street (among others), is angling to open here. The establishment is called “There,” with the proposal calling for a 30-seat, American-French bar-restaurant that includes backyard use. (The rear enclosure is a controversial construction.) The application itself is another attempt to turn an unlicensed location in an overly-saturated Hell Square scene.

When Red Compass premiered at 154 Orchard Street in December 2015, the restaurant appeared doomed to fail. After all, this was the fate of several preceding eateries, most of which having tried to maximize the outdoor space. Including the first Mission Chinese Food. Business barely picked up in the ensuing two years, even after expanding into the north store (forcing David Owens Vintage eastward to Rivington Street). Many consider the commercial space a notorious money pit with alleged building code issues, and owner Beka Pedraz tried numerous times, unsuccessfully, to upgrade the license to full liquor.

The north store, meanwhile, has a new lease on life. As a neighborhood spa called Lower East Side Massage Parlor, which opened back in January.

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