ReBar and owner Jason Stevens are now the subject of an investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney over "multiple recent financial complaints." After the bar shuttered abruptly last week, Stevens went AWOL, allegedly making off with 27K in cash and 150K in wedding deposits from the business. Employees claim he also owes millions in unpaid taxes, and now it seems he may owe other businesses as well. According to the Post, a linen service dropped off a $1,300 bill at the deserted restaurant on Monday.
ReBar's employees, of course, are still waiting on three weeks' pay, while couples who had booked their weddings at reBar are out as much as $40K, not to mention a venue. On Saturday, Eater ran a list of businesses that want to help. Here are some restaurants, event spaces, and organizations that have stepped up since then:
· Tribeca Cinemas writes in that it still has some weekend dates available this summer, and that it will offer discounts to reBar couples. Information on the cinema's events space is online.
· The Cobra Club in Bushwick has a back room event space available for last-minute bookings.
· The Kitchen Table, a private kitchen and event space with room for 26 to 40, is offering a 20 percent discount on rental fees to reBar victims.
· Catering company Saucy by Nature is offering discounted packages to couples left stranded. The company doesn't have an event space, but works with venues like Green Building, 501 Union, Brooklyn Grange, and Metropolitan Building, and can also cater to apartments or unfurnished spaces.
· Oceana is offering a 20 percent discount to all those affected by reBar's closure. For details and availability, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Brooklyn-based photographer Scott W. Baker is offering his wedding photography services for 30 percent off to all reBar couples. Call 212-380-1032 or email email@example.com.
· 1 Knickerbocker is offering discounted packages to affected couples, and writes in that it will "do everything we can to accommodate on short notice." Email info@1Knickerbocker.net or call (347) 987-3751.
· The folks at Cocktail Kingdom write in, "If any ReBar bar staff need to find work on the fly, Cocktail Kingdom's bar supply kitchen is filling part-time and full-time positions immediately."
Check out this list from over the weekend for even more offers of help, or head over to Gothamist for a list compiled by former reBar employees.
· DA Investigating reBar Owner Who Ran Off With Couples' Cash [NYP]
· All Coverage of reBar [~ENY~]