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NYPD Cracks Down on Le Lupanar, 103 Essex Street

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Photo by Andrew Karcie/New York Magazine.

Here’s the latest on the 7th Precinct’s crackdown on Lower East Side nightlife establishments.  About a week ago, the NYPD filed a civil lawsuit against Le Lupanar, a four-year-old restaurant/bar at 103 Essex Street.

As you may recall, the Police Department shut down Gallery Bar on Orchard Street last month. As conditions of reopening, the owners agreed to hire licensed security guards, look into additional sound-proofing, etc.

In the case of Le Lupanar, the NYPD’s legal counsel did not seek to close the restaurant, but the department has major concerns about the way the business is being run and wants to see some changes.  

In applying for its liquor license in 2006, Community Board 3 asked Le Lupanar to abide by several restrictions. Specifically, CB3 wanted the business to “operate as full-service French restaurant” and to operate “no later than 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 12:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”  The restaurant agreed to these “stipulations” and they became part of owner Kieter Chan’s agreement with the State Liquor Authority.

But now, the NYPD alleges, Le Lupanar is disregarding those stipulations. Here’s how New York Magazine’s online listing reads:

Kieter Chan’s Le Lupanar—which gets its name from the French slang for brothel—was converted from a restaurant to a bar in the spring of 2009. Out went the French menu and the lunchtime hours, and in came the Jägermeister machine. Fortunately, they kept the black glass chandeliers, which now preside over the dancing area, strewn with white leather couches and a wooden D.J. booth. There’s a short list of bar food, including burgers, a chicken sandwich, and spring rolls, but many bring in their own slice, or fried chicken from nearby Popeye’s. Drinking options range from high-end vodkas and tequilas, showcased in a backlit shelf behind the wooden bar, to pitchers of Budweiser, which groups can go in on for beer pong in the private party space downstairs. —

On its Facebook page, Le Lupanar advertises its new Friday after-work party, which apparently goes until 4am:

 

Lawyers representing the NYPD and Le Lupanar are due back in court at the end of this month. We are trying to contact the restaurant for comment.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. (NOT SURE WHERE YOUR INPUT IS COMING FROM BUT ITS WAY OFF – Miller and NYPD’s legal team did seek to legally shut down LE LUPANAR and filed paperwork similar to MASON DIXON to shut them down – HOWEVER unlike Mason Dixon, which the Judge did sign to close, the Judge said NO to NYPD’s legal team in closing down Le Lupanar.  Le Lupanar has chosen to close until this issue is resolved on its on merit.

    ….In the case of Le Lupanar, the NYPD’s legal counsel did not seek to close the restaurant, but the department has major concerns about the way the business is being run and wants to see some changes.

  2. Miller Has Nothing better to, All he wants to Do Is Make himself look Good on paper.. ” And you could run tell that homeboy”

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