‘Spitzer’s Corner’ Closes for Renovations
For the first time in a long time, the southeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets is relatively quiet. Ten-year-old Spitzer’s Corner closed this week for a slight makeover.
Signs announcing the onsite renovations appear in the doorway of the establishment.
This is an expected development. As previously reported, hated Hell Square operator Rob Shamlian is remodeling the “gastropub” to introduce an open kitchen layout and the elimination of communal seating in favor of several smaller tables. The ADA-compliant bathroom will also be moved.
In addition, Shamlian wanted to rebrand Spitzer’s as the second location of his Brooklyn-based beer hall, Spritzenhaus.
Community Board 3 heard the application earlier this month, and approved the floor plan updates, yet denied the request for a change in method of operation to the Lower East Side iteration of Spritzenhaus (i.e. a German beer hall).
It’s also worth reiterating that Shamlian has been trying to sell this venue for years. The team behind Drexler’s – Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, and Eric Kruvant – showed itself as the latest suitor, but gave up last summer after the now-shuttered Fat Baby deal fell through. (Shamlian also owns Los Feliz.)