Is Serafina Angling to Open a Lower East Side Locale on Ludlow Street?

Posted on: March 25th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Looks like another heavy-hitter is stepping up to the proverbial plate in Hell Square.

In keeping with the tradition of Italian restaurants at 98 Rivington Street, it appears Serafina is the latest suitor for the commercial space. You read right. Serafina.

The April docket of nightlife hopefuls is hot off the Community Board 3 presses. Serafina had been one of the bigger-ticket applicants next month, but short-lived on the agenda. Indeed, the Pizza-Pasta joint was an early scratch, almost immediately after the schedule went live.

If proven true, and Serafina does opt to open here at some point in the future, the Lower East Side would be their tenth city location. There are many more worldwide.

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This high-profile corner in the heart of Hell Square was previously home to Galli Restaurant. Owned and operated by landlord Michael Forrest, the establishment served Italian food to the neighborhood for roughly sixteen months. His concept, sister outpost to the SoHo brand, replaced the decade-long run of ‘inoteca.

Opposition led by the LES Dwellers at the time of their liquor license application argued that the added value of a liquor license would be incentive enough for Forrest to sell the business down the line. It’s time. As reported, prior real estate listings pimped 98 Rivington for $25K in monthly rent, plus key money of an additional $375K.

Forrest had no further comment on the Serafina deal other than it was scratched from the April agenda. We also reached out to Serafina, but have yet to hear back.

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