‘inoteca Closing Down After Service on Saturday
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98 Rivington St.
Lower East Side treasure ‘inoteca will be closing down after service on Saturday. The Italian restaurant held down the northwest corner of Ludlow and Rivington for almost eleven years. Jason Denton and chef Eric Kleinman announced the sad news yesterday, saying that they were “returning the space to our landlord.” Our reasons to visit Hell Square after dark on the weekends are now whittled even further.
Denton and crew are going out with a bang; or should we say, the pop of the cork. In the statement made public yesterday, he beckoned customers to “help us drink our 1,300 bottles of amazing Italian wine by Sunday morning at 4 a.m.”
Full statement from Denton and Kleinman:
After nearly 11 years, we at ‘inoteca have decided to return the space to our landlord…We want to extend our most sincere thanks to all of our guests for their support over more than a decade on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow. We invite all friends past and present to come and help us drink our 1,300 bottles of amazing Italian wine by Sunday morning at 4 a.m.
The news follows the closure – albeit a year later – of Denton’s ‘ino, ‘inoteca Liquori Bar, and Betto.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned landlord of 98 Rivington Street is still trying to peddle the property. The Tetris-shaped building was listed on the market last December for $12 million. Still no takers.