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Blend Nightclub Closes for Good

Nightclub on Chestnut St. in Ridgewood closed abruptly on Tuesday after negotiations to transfer the liquor license did not materialize, according to landlord Ed Sullivan.

The second attempt at  has met the same ends as the first – the nightclub on Chestnut Street in Ridgewood has closed its doors permanently, landlord and co-owner Ed Sullivan confirmed Thursday morning.

According to Sullivan, his business partner, Zvia Barlev, and two others were looking to take full control of the revived nightclub and had been negotiating for the liquor license.

"They were going through that process and that didn't complete in a fashion that was sufficiently timely for both parties," he said. "Thus, their side made the decision to terminate discussions and accordingly I closed."

Blend remained dark on Wednesday, though there was no message on the door or the Facebook page alerting customers.

Blend filed for bankrupcy in 2008 and the previous owners reportedly owed creditors millions. Sullivan bought the liquor license in a bankrupcy auction but also received the lease and furniture. He promptly invested heavily in renovations and opened in 2009 with Barlev manning operations. The landlord declined to comment on the financial status of Blend.

Sullivan will retain the liquor license and is looking to fill the two-level 14,000 sq. ft. space with a new tenant. It's fitted for a restaurant and bar with catering elements, he said.

The closing of Blend will not affect the status of , Barlev's Italian restaurant in a Chestnut St. building also owned by Sullivan.

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Bruce Packer July 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
He may have some success if he reopens as Ridgewood's Ed Sullivan Theater.
News Man July 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM
How about a Latin/American Dance club? That would have some appeal to that large segment of the Community. Not any around this area. How much dance floor space is there and how many tables could could be accomodated? It would remind me of the old "Palladium Dance Hall" of the 1950's. They were busy, busy and busy. What do you think, no need to visit NYC. The market is there.
Lisa Gennarelli July 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Blend Bar had plans for a Latin night. It had been touched on in the past with much success. It will be sad to see it go, but as most things in life, everything for a reason.
Lisa Gennarelli July 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM
And to clarify, Blend Bar was not scheduled to be open on Tuesday evening.
James Kleimann July 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Correct. Was scheduled to open Wednesday, which is the new "bar pong" night.
Alfred Fredel July 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
A Latin club/restaurant would be a good idea, but the food needs to be good. Too many people have tried to open bar/restaurants with a Latin theme but have failed miserably with the quality of the food. The food needs to be authentic and reasonably priced...no +$20 prices for "ropa vieja" or the like. Well known salsa artists would also be a draw.
Gregg July 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
There was a Latin/American club only a town over - Sabor in Hawthorne, it recently closed it's doors! Whatever goes in there better have "DEEP" pockets to survive in that town!!
Chris Cortazzo July 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I was just there for a private party this past saturday, what a terrible shame, there was a nice crowd there all night!
Corinne Daloisio July 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Wow cant beleive it
Harlan Consider July 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Where are the local cougars going to hang out now?
Paul July 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Turn it back into the Russian Tea House! Really miss all the fist fights there on Friday& Saturday nights!
Jason D. July 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Lol @ Bruce! I can't imagine a place this size can draw a big enough crowd every night to keep its doors open. I wish them the best though because I want to see ridgewood benefit in the end.
JoyS July 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Keep it in NYC.
Craig Hueneke July 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Please be advised that the North Jersey Wildlife Commission has issued a Cougar Alert. As a result fo Blend being closed down, a pack of wild middle-aged woman a/k/a "Cougars" between the ages of 40 to 50 have been seen roaming the streed to of Northern Bergen County. They tend to go into "heat" mostly on Thursday thru Saturday evenings. During this window of time it is advised that parents be mindful of your sons between the ages of 18 and 30. If you spot a "cougar" please contact Menopause Manor the Cougar Rehabilitation Center at 201-....... LOL.. Sorry.. Had to do it! C
jp1 July 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Love the public service announcement.
Joanne July 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Yes, get your PSA checked after writing this unlovely comment.
Brooke July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I would like to say this... Zvia you took my money knowing you were closing! I hope that you can sleep at night! You are a coward! Heartless & mean with no integrity and it will come back to you! My daughters sweet 16 is forever tarnished by your name! I hope you rot!
Zvia Barlev August 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Brooke, No name should be tarnished The money was refunded in full. Just for the record at the time that we recieved the deposit we had no intentions of closing.
Lisa Gennarelli August 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Brooke, I do not know you, but because I am part of this thread, I see your comment. Wishing ill will upon someone else when you do not have all the facts is uncalled for and lacks integrity. It is an unfortunate circumstance, what happened to your function, but this is absolutely NOT the forum to attack someone personally.
Danielle Dinallo Cianci January 25, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Entertainment at its best!!! This thread is cracking me up. Love the Public Service Announcement!!! And shame on you Brooke. No good can come from badmouthing. I hope you didnt say anything like that in front of your daughter.
Elissa June 09, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I'd love to see a Latin American place there with authentic food at a good price too I second what earlier poster Alfred Fredel posted.

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