Jason Stevens, the proprietor of the now-closed reBar in Dumbo, has been arraigned and charged with grand larceny and tax fraud, according to reports posted at The Wall Street Journal and Gothamist. A tipster spotted Stevens in court this morning; he'd been on the lam since Friday, when he allegedly made off with $150,000 of wedding deposits and $30,000 in cash.
The case has been adjourned for now, but it's for certain that more allegations and details are forthcoming: In addition to leaving more than 35 employees without work after first allegedly withholding several weeks' worth of compensation scores of couples and others have come forward to say they had left full or partial deposits for parties at the space. Since last week, a number of venues and restaurants throughout the city have stepped forward in an attempt to help anyone who had planned a party at reBar; in a little less than 24 hours over the weekend, for example, No.7's Tyler Kord was able to put together a on-the-fly wedding reception for 120 people. They were total strangers. "I was super nervous about it because I didn't know if we were totally going to pull it off, but they seemed really happy!" Kord told Grub yesterday.
The spokesperson for the Brooklyn DA says bail was set at $30,000 cash and a $100,000 bond, which Stevens apparently paid, and then he left.
* This post has been updated with additional information.