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.

A bar called Hair of the Dog is moving into the old Cafe Charbon at the corner of Orchard and Stanton streets.

One block north at 168-170 Orchard, the former Cafe Charbon, which closed this summer, has also been getting a facelift.

Permit applications on file with the buildings department since August show various minor work to the space, which is expected to become a bar called Hair of the Dog, run by the folks behind Gin Mill on the Upper West Side and other watering holes. Community Board 3 approved the transfer of Cafe Charbon’s liquor license way back in January.

Workers have deconstructed the brick facade above the scaffolding, and begun installing a new one. One night last week, a mural painter huddled under the scaffolding, creating an ad for Bacardi rum.

A new mural on the Stanton Street side 168-170 Orchard St.