Cabin NYC Owner Eyes Flashpoint Sixth Ward Space in Hell Square

Posted on: February 3rd, 2022 at 5:02 am by

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Three years since opening Cabin NYC on East 4th Street, ownership is headed to Hell Square. To a dormant storefront rife with conteoversy.

Proprietor Dresden Baluyot is looking to impart a new watering hole called Clock Out at 191 Orchard Street. Like its predecessor, the Sixth Ward, the 60-seat newcomer is nightlife focused and will boast a menu of American comfort and Latin fusion bites.

The Sixth Ward, or course, was the onetime front line in the community battle against liquor saturation, which closed for good in June 2015.

The flashpoint of that fight seven years ago – the back patio with building code issues – is now a centerpiece selling point for Clock Out. In its bid for a full liquor license, Baluyot hopes to net operating hours that end 2am during the week and 4am on weekend, with the yard closing daily at midnight. The latter alone is likely to stir up neighbors.

The Sixth Ward was controversial from the get-go, having originally scored a liquor license in 2007 based on the premise it would become a vegetarian restaurant. Instead, the business morphed into a sports bar without SLA consent, used the rear yard without valid Certificate of Occupancy (there’s only one egress through the commercial space; the former side alley to the back was made private), erected a glass enclosure that blocked the one egress (later removed), and frequently allowed over-capacity without a Public Assembly permit (74 patron maximum).

It followed a parade of ill-fated nightlife ventures earlier in the last decade, including Mooza, Cafe Lika, Heirloom, and lastly, Core 191.

Aug. 2014

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