Street Watch: Renovations at 140 and 168 Orchard St.

For lease: The southeast corner of Orchard and Rivington streets.

Renovations are changing the face of Orchard Street at two prominent corner locations this fall.

At 140-142 Orchard, which is also known as 85 Rivington St., a new modern facade has replaced former discount retail stores over the last few weeks. New glass doors face the corner and both cross streets. The renovations follow the building changing hands in October 2010. An LLC called Orchard Holdings paid $3.4 million for the walk-up apartment building, according to city real estate records.

Paperwork filed with the Department of Buildings over the last few months indicate a gut renovation of the cellar and ground floors, with demolition of existing partitions, all new plumbing and other structural and cosmetic work. Online real estate listings (with photos apparently taken pre-renovation) show one retail space of 440 square feet for rent at $5,800/month, while a smaller, of 200 square feet, is listed at $3,200/month.

Cafe Charbon’s 20-Foot Pewter Bar Can Be Yours

The party’s been over at Cafe Charbon on Orchard Street for more than a month now. Time will tell what the operators of joints like Off The Wagon, Down The Hatch, and The 13th Step will do with the shuttered space. But Grub Street notices this tidbit: the contents of the Lower East Side restaurant/bar go up for auction tomorrow.  Auctioneer Michael Amodeo has all of the details:

TUESDAY JULY 26, 2011 AT 2:30 PM AT
20Ft Pewter Top Mahogany Antique Bar & Back Bar, Bar Sinks,
Bar Stools, Ice Bins, Beer Taps, Cast Iron Based Tables, 3
Garland 6 Burner Stoves, Gas Convection Ovens, Garland 6
Burner Stove with Salamander, Deep Fryers, Charcoal Grills,
Bain Marie, Low Boys, 500Lb Ice Machine, Taylor Countertop
Margarita Machine, 3 Head Espresso Machine, Coffee Brewing
System, Tables, Chairs, S.S. Pots, Pans, Trays, Utensils & Much
More. Inspection: Day Of Sale 1PM To Sale Time. Terms: Cash
or Bank Cashiers Checks. 15% Buyers Premium. DCA#528663.

Auctioneers Phone: 212-473-6830 or 917-776-1080.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Milk and Honey, Cafe Charbon, The Randolph

It’s been quite a week in food and restaurant news on the Lower East Side. In case you missed our new monthly feature about restaurant inspection grades, be sure to check it out; it’s coming your way on the second Wednesday of every month. Our article yesterday about Painkiller’s trademark infringement lawsuit went viral on Facebook and Twitter today, spawning a boycott of the suit’s plaintiff, Pusser’s Rum. In other news around the neighborhood:

  • Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor talks about the new generation of Chinatown restaurateurs in a New York Times article and video.
  • With backing from Sasha Petraske, Milk and Honey bartender Sam Ross plans to open a new bar called Attaboy at 134 Eldridge St.; Milk and Honey is moving uptown this fall.
  • The team behind The Randolph bar and coffee shop plans to open an actual restaurant a few doors down from its current location, at 343 Broome St.
  • Prune’s Gabrielle Hamilton says she’s “barely interested” in talking about food these days.
  • Cafe Charbon at 170 Orchard is closing, a move that’s been expected since it transferred its liquor license elsewhere earlier this year.

CB3 Panel Approves Cafe Charbon Transfer, Souvalki GR, Rejects La Vie

EV Grieve and Eater have the scoop from last night’s Community Board 3 liquor license hearing.  The big bombshell: Cafe Charbon (168 Orchard) is changing hands. “The team behind The Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, Gin Mill, Jake’s Dilemma, Down the Hatch and The 13th Step” is taking taking over the space,” Grieve reported. No word on the new name or the concept. It’ll be open until 4am and have occasional dj’s. The SLA Committee approved the transfer unanimously.

Also last night, the owners of Barraza Foods (Jersey City) were approved to take over 198B Orchard, formerly Eddie Huang’s Xiao Ye. Taqueria Lower East Side will be open until 1:30am on weekends.

Souvalki GR had no trouble convincing the CB3’s panel to support a wine/beer license for their tiny storefront at 116 Stanton. The highly regarded food truck operators will close at 11pm, 1am on weekends.

Earlier in the evening, there was ugliness as Le Vie, the club at 64 East 1st Street, unsuccessfully lobbied for a license renewal. This one ended in accusations of racism. Grieve has the sordid details.