Report: Lobster Joint Reopening Next Week After Massive Flood from Water Main Break

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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By the look of things, you wouldn’t necessarily know that just two weeks ago, the corner of East Houston and Ludlow Streets was a river. A torrent that flooded the street and completely collapsed the roadway outside Katz’s Deli.

The rushed repair job had DOT crews working around the clock for two days. All seems well, but there’s plenty still happening. Daytime outside is really busy. The Lobster Joint remains down for the count, having succumbed to a basement full of water. But not for long. Despite claims by ownership to the Wall Street Journal (“hundreds of thousands in damage“), we now hear word from the Greenpoint outpost that the Joint will indeed reopen. Like, next week. Exact date isn’t confirmed, but it’s definitely happening.

Makes sense. We’ve seen a bunch of bilge activity by the sidewalk flaps. A handwritten sign on the shuttered gate says:

Lobster Joint loves you!
We are closed for repairs, reopening ASAP.
Thanks for stopping by. LJ.

Meanwhile, Katz’s is using its now-defunct gallery space adjacent for its own storage during cleanup.

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