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FBI Raid Wine Shop, While Fancy Bottles Sit Underneath Times Square

Plus, a Manhattan hotel bar with bites from the Wildair team — and more intel

Upscale Wine Store Sherry-Lehmann Raided By FBI
Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits was raided by FBI, while Chelsea Wine Storage has also been at the center of drama.
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There is escalating drama among the ultra-rich of New York who pay companies to store their bottles worth thousands of dollars. In February, Midtown’s Sherry-Lehmann was raided by the FBI for alleged issues related to the protection of expensive bottles and is being sued by at least one former customer, according to a New York Post report. This winter, customers of Chelsea Wine Storage faced similar issues with claims that their prized possessions were allegedly being kept sloppily in cardboard boxes underneath a Times Square building, formerly home to a T.G.I. Fridays. According to a source in the Post story, customers have been frantically trying to get in contact to get their bottles back and have been ghosted by the company.

A bar with bites from the Wildair team

Nick Hatsatouris, a Hamptons hospitality guy, will debut the Tusk Bar, in the former space of Jonathan Benno’s old spots inside the Evelyn Hotel. A menu comprised of seafood dishes has been developed by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske-Valtierra, of Wildair fame, the latest in a string of what they describe as “creative culinary” partnerships this year alone. Tusk Bar, opening on December 16, is the first of three openings Hatsatouris has in the works for the hotel, located at 7 E. 27th Street, near Fifth Avenue, in Nomad: Brass, a brasserie, and Ninepin Café are to follow in 2024.

For All Things Good’s new bar opens this week

As previously reported by Eater, Matt Diaz, the owner of For All Things Good, has something new in the works: Bar Birba, an Italian apperitivo bar, now opening this Friday, December 15. It’s located across the street from the original For All Things Good at the Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill border, at 340 Franklin Avenue, near Greene Avenue.

New nightlife venue replacing Kinfolk

For years, Kinfolk represented a certain kind of Williamsburg nightlife, that centered around music listening parties, and functioned as a cafe and retail store by day. It closed after 12 years, during summer 2020. Now, the storefront is home to Gabriela, what has been described as a new DJ-first bar and dance spot. It opens on Friday, December 15 at 90 Wythe Avenue, at North 11th Street.