Thirsty scenesters were met with a surprise upon arriving at New York City hotspot, Suffolk Arms this weekend; the popular Lower East Side craft cocktail bar was shuttered. A dispute between co-owners, Giuseppe González and Ruben Rodriguez, recently boiled over, resulting in the closure of Suffolk Arms according to multiple sources.
No official reason for the locked and dark bar was provided by ownership. Emails, calls, and messages to Suffolk’s Arms official contacts went unanswered as did attempts to reach both owners.
Two employees told Neat Pour that they were informed that the establishment would reopen at a later date with a new concept, but the same staff. Other employees declined to comment.
Co-owners Ruben Rodriguez and Giusseppe González have long been rumored be at odds with one another. Sources told NP that there were previous attempts to remove González from the business this winter, but the staff’s loyalty to the charismatic bartender thwarted these efforts.
Suffolk Arms opened to great fanfare in February 2016. The small, 75 seat venue was billed as an ode to both the LES neighborhood and Gotham as a whole. Portraits of famous New Yorkers adorned the walls and the menu took the “local” concept so far that Suffolk offered Russ & Daughters sourced lox as an option. The spot quickly grew into a regular destination for both civilians and service industry workers.
Neat Pour will update this story as we learn more information.