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The Mystery of the Missing South Street Octopus

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Late one December evening in 2012, a cephalopod sidled up and deposited itself on the mezzanine overhang of Ralic's, a new seafood restaurant that for a short time inhabited the massive former Black Angus Steakhouse and Supper Club at 119 South Street. And there it sat and there it stayed, staring down tourist after leather-clad biker from its perch above the street. A year later, Ralic's was renamed Headhouse Crab & Oyster, and although the restaurant continued to be met with rave reviews, it closed its doors at the beginning of November, and soon thereafter, in the middle of the night, just as silently as it arrived, the giant green-eyed octopus snuck away, with nary a tentacle in sight.
Who will inhabit the 10,000 square foot space now that it and its liquor license are available for lease? And for how much? Because equally mysterious is Core Realty's listing sign for the restaurant, which directs us to a sparse website with no mention of 119 South Street whatsoever with the exception of a tiny unlinked thumbnail image at the bottom of the page and no sign of the octopus anywhere. Where has he gone? What has happened to our eight-tentacled friend?
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