‘Sunita Bar’ Fades from Norfolk Street After 16 Years
“My story is the story of what’s happening on the Lower East Side, with all the changes, development, and greedy landlords,” small business owner Sunita Lofters quips.
She is the sole proprietor of the eponymous bar at 106 Norfolk Street, which concluded business this month after sixteen years on the block. The establishment now sits empty and dark.
The fate was reportedly sealed after a lease renewal from two years ago went south. Lofters says that her relationship with controversial landlord (and CB3 member) Alistair Economakis had been peachy during the initial lease term. Yet she alleges that the rise of La Contenta’s success next door ultimately spelled an end to that bond, plus a purported twofold increase in the monthly dole.
Despite the price hike, she signed the lease in 2017 with the intention of taking on a partner to help shoulder the burden and open up the kitchen. Yet those plans fell through, leaving Lofters no choice but to walk away.
Sunita Bar was the definition of locals spot where the community gathered. Lofters lived upstairs with her daughters, and ran the place herself without employees. “It was home to me and my customers who still come back because they miss their place,” she said.
There is unconfirmed chatter, meanwhile, that La Contenta may reportedly annex this space for a future expansion.