Bar On A to Be Replaced By 7-Eleven

IMG_2664Alexa Mae Asperin 170 Avenue A today.
IMG_2672Alexa Mae Asperin

The space that held Bar on A for 15 years is becoming a 7-Eleven, according to a construction worker at 170 Avenue A today.

Benjamin Shaoul, who is listed as the building’s owner on an application to renovate the space, could not be reached for comment, but the same Department of Buildings paperwork identifies a representative of Harrison French and Associates as the job applicant. The architecture and engineering firm builds 7-Elevens, according to its Website, and installed the chain’s 14th Street location, according to Department of Buildings records.

Bar on A had been struggling to stay in business when it closed at the end of August. Owner Bob Scarrano died in 2010; according to an associate of the bar, Mr. Scarrano’s widow had trouble paying rent. The bar also had to contend with opposition from a neighbor who complained of “excessive noise.”

This will be the fifth 7-Eleven in the East Village, following the recent opening of a store at Broadway and East 12th Street.

Oh, and check out the chain’s election-themed coffee cups.

7-11Lauren Carol Smith