Some hot rumormongering on a hot summer day. First up is Greenhouse, where a tipster tells Eater that the owners of the recently shuttered club are already making moves for their next space. According to our tipster:
Greenhouse . . . is trying to relocate to a space currently occupied by the neighborhood bar Antarctica.
The building Antarctica is in is owned by the owners of Local 3 union electrical shop Atlas-Acon. After the Chris Brown/Drake incident, there is no way they will be able to open at the current location again. Greenhouse reps reached out to the [Antarctica] building owners to see if they could move their club their building. Greenhouse likes the Antarctica space because it is in the same neighborhood, it already has an acoustical ceiling for DJ's, and it has enough room in the basement to build a VIP area.
Antarctica owner Kevin Barry confirms that he is in the process of trying to renew his lease, but says, "I don't really know what the landlords plans are. I am in the process of trying to extend my lease. I know some late bidder entered the process, but I have no clue who the bidder is or what use they would have. " But a rep for Greenhouse denies the story, saying, "We haven't been trying to get the Hudson street space." The building owners did not return our request for comment.
Meanwhile further uptown, Eater hears that the Ainsworth, Matt Shendell's mega sports bar that orginiated in the Flatiron District and recently opened a second outpost in the revamped Madison Square Garden, is close to annoucing a third location. According to a tipster, Shendell pounced on the space that was most recently the B.R. Guest bomb Kibo, and plans on offering the greater Union Square area the kind of sports bar experience that it hasn't seen since the Park Avenue Country Club said goodbye. Shendell did his best to keep a lid on the rumors, telling Eater that "Hanson and [B.R. Guest haven't left the space yet. So dead in water for now." Eater puts the odds of this happening at 75 percent.
UPDATE: Matt Shendell checks in to say that any deal would be for an Ainsworth Prime steakhouse concept like they have in MSG, and it will "not in any way [be] a Park Avenue Country Club."
UPDATE: A rep for Greenhouse amended their original statement, saying "Greenhouse is not looking to relocate. We intend to reopen at our current location."