Intrigued by today’s Observer article about Rohini Dey’s venture, At Vermilion, we asked David Hantman, the sales associate at Picken Real Estate who represented the sellers on the deal, what exactly Dey paid for the 12,000-square-foot Django space. He wouldn’t tell us, but he did reveal that Steve Hanson originally pursued it at a price that was approximately 25 percent higher. By Hantman’s account, Hanson even entered into contract with the sellers, but he was forced to take his business elsewhere when the landlord wasn’t enthusiastic about his concept. So, major kudos to out-of-towner Dey for locking the restaurant down on the cheap, and over a much more notable operator. Wonder what that not-so-attractive Hanson concept was?
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