Serafina is Indeed Opening a Lower East Side Locale

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 at 5:16 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Serafina is indeed gunning for a Lower East Side presence. The former home of Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street, in fact.

The gates of 98 Rivington were raised yesterday afternoon, revealing the dormant space. More importantly, a woman out front spent several hours collecting signatures of support for the new Serafina location. The petition on the table indicated an intent to obtain full liquor license with 2am closing time.

Serafina had been on the Community Board 3 agenda this month, but withdrew almost immediately. The scratch was probably due to the need for more community outreach. If this goes through, 98 Rivington will be the tenth city location for the restaurant company; there are many more worldwide.

This high-profile corner in the heart of Hell Square was previously home to Galli Restaurant. The establishment served Italian food to the neighborhood for roughly sixteen months. Same concept as sister outpost to the SoHo brand, it replaced the decade-long run of ‘inoteca.

Meanwhile, the exterior still boasts plenty of Bernie Sanders-themed artwork, organized by Clayton Patterson and the LES Dwellers block association.

Recent Stories

Uncapped: Nobody Beats IZ THE WIZ

  IZ the WIZ: hands down one of the most illustrious and renowned graffiti writers in and outside of our fair city. May he continue to Rest in Peace. In this installation of Uncapped, guest contributor, Freddy Alva, is back with an excerpt from the new issue of his Black Book Series magazine: Pound for […]

Four Teenagers Arrested with Loaded Guns at PUBLIC Hotel on Chrystie Street

Four teens were busted with three loaded guns inside the PUBLIC Hotel this week. Jarell Swan (19), Anton Philips (18), Linwood Spruill (18), and an unidentified 15-year-old boy were arrested at the swanky, 28-story Chrystie Street lodge on Wednesday, and charged with weapons possession. The four friends were reportedly smoking weed in their room shortly […]

No Return in Sight for Tenants and Businesses Displaced by Mulberry Street Fire

Months after the deadly fire at 78 Mulberry Street, displaced tenants – residential and commercial – are still waiting for renovations to begin. The two-alarm fire broke out at 78 Mulberry Street just before 4:00am on April 15. Roughly one hundred firefighters responded to extinguish the flames, which reportedly spread from the fifth floor. The […]

Counterfeit Goods Raid on Mott Street Yields Air

Morning strollers yesterday were treated to a sight when Counterfeit goods contractors pulled up in a van, and forcibly gained entry into a gift shop on Mott Street. Shun Fat Gifts at 49 Mott was shuttered at the time of the raid, so the contractors cut the lock then drilled the control lock for the […]

Kyle Martino Readies Soccer Bistro ‘No One Home’ at 141 Chrystie

A former professional soccer player for Major League Soccer is planning a nightspot inspired by the sport on Chrystie Street. Kyle Martino, who split seven seasons as a midfielder for both the Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Galaxy, is currently reading No One Home. The principal describes the businesses in liquor license paperwork as a […]