Rob Shamlian Withdraws Liquor Permit Application For Lounge at 167 Orchard Street

167 Orchard Street.

The other day we mentioned that a new block association, the LES Dwellers Association, is helping residents fight a liquor license application at 167 Orchard Street (at Stanton).   Rob Shamlian (Spitzer’s Corner, Fat Baby, etc.) and Frank Vivolo (Bruschetta) are opening “Tiny Fork,” an oyster bar in the new Slipper Room building.  Community Board 3 signed off on a liquor license for the establishment many months ago, but the operators were seeking  a second license for a lower level lounge, and planned to go before CB3’s SLA Committee Monday night. But now the application has been withdrawn.

Members of LES Dwellers suspect Shamlian and company made note of community opposition and decided to hold off on the application until the neighbors aren’t paying such close attention.  But the organization’s leader, Diem Boyd says “we will be watching.”   Although CB3 approved the initial license in 2010,  it’s still listed on the State Liquor Authority’s web site as “pending.”

Slipper Room Construction Update

Photo credit: The Slipper Room.

Burlesque and general wackiness will be back at the Slipper Room before long. It was back in the summer of 2010 that work began on a new home for the beloved Lower East Side club at 167 Orchard Street. In an email blast this morning, owner James Habacker shared a couple of photos of the raw space and provided a construction update.

This week, he said, the Slipper Room “took possession” of the space. “There’s still much work to be done to turn the raw space into our dream theatre, but we have the will, the skill, and the funds to get the job done,” Habacker wrote.  “In just a few short months our stage will be filled each night with outrageous entertainments to delight and amaze.”

In the meantime, the antics continue this Thursday at Casa Mezcal, the Slipper Room’s home away from home.