It's time to shed a tear for Socialista, Armin's Cuban themed lounge on the West Side Highway. According to Page Six, the club ran smack into a bevvy of smoking fines from the Health Department, and when they tried to pay, the DOH said "Where's Giuseppe Cipriani? He's on the liquor license. He has to be here." Cipriani is apparently hiding out in Uruguay, hoping that the storm surrounding his tax troubles blows over. With it's slick design and star studded ownership, Socialista was a success right out of the gate. But management issues, an unfortunate Hep A scare, and isolated location knocked its legs out from underneath, making its closing just a matter of time.
We know who lost, but are there any winners?
The big winners in all of this are hoteliers Sean Macpherson and Eric Goode, who can now lay claim to all of the hospitality spaces in their unique little baby, the Jane Hotel. The dynamic duo never liked having to share the hospitality space with Socialista, especially since the restaurant was troubled from the get go. They can now formulate a new concept for the spaces, and once their renovations finish, hope to make the Jane Hotel another smashing success.