Michael Forrest

‘Lucky Bee’ on Broome Street Succumbs to Rent Burden After Less than 2 Years

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

Turns out the Lucky Bee wasn’t so. The nearly-two-year-old Thai restaurant succumbed to bonkers rents and closed over the weekend. Apparently, the monthly dole was $21,000 per month for the fifty-seat space. News of its demise isn’t a complete shock, though. Proprietors Matty Bennett (the chef) and Rupert Noffs had briefly shut the business back […]

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

Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

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. […]

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Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street Just Closed Down for Good

Posted February 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Extra, extra – Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street is now out of business. It was a sixteen-month run for the Italian eatery, the second outpost for the brand. Not a total shocker, though, given recent events. Mere days after the real estate listing for the corner restaurant went live, owner (and LES Partnership board chair) […]

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Galli Restaurant is Now Open for Service at 98 Rivington Street

Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:10 am

The second location of Galli Restaurant officially opened in Hell Square Tuesday evening after a weekend of trials. 98 Rivington Street had spent the better part of a year under the knife, ever since ‘inoteca ended its decade-plus run at the address last February. Decor seemingly skews swank, and carries a less homey feel than its […]

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Galli Restaurant is Probably 2 Weeks from Debuting at Former inoteca Space

Posted October 10, 2014 at 6:07 am

The ‘inoteca replacement in Hell Square is close to completion. Word on the street is that Galli is just a couple weeks from debuting at 98 Rivington Street. Herewith, a shot of the interior, still under protective shrink wrap, so to speak. As for the menu, the song remains the same. Restaurant co-owner Michael Forrest […]

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Galli Restaurant Opening Really Soon in the Old ‘inoteca Space

Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:51 am

The Lower East Side lost ‘inoteca back in February, a sad finale for a local standby. Co-owners Jason Denton and chef Eric Kleinman had suddenly decided to end their decade-long rule at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. Their swan-song included a week-long wine bottle binge that culminated on February 10. Rather than […]

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SoHo’s Galli Restaurant Expanding Into Former ‘inoteca Space on Rivington

Posted March 24, 2014 at 6:05 am

That Misrahi Realty sign attached to the old ‘inoteca storefront is a misnomer. Building owner Michael Forrest apparently has other plans for the restaurant space. To answer your question, yes, it involves food and drink. Like its predecessor, it’ll be another Italian joint. We can now report that a second outpost of Galli Restaurant is […]

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