The New “Schapiro’s” of Rivington Street

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 at 6:09 am by

schapiros-restaurant-rivington

Schapiro’s is making a return to Rivington Street sometime soon. No, not that one. The iconic Lower East Side moniker is being revived for a new restaurant in the old Festival Mexicano space, located mere steps from the former kosher winery.

Gut renovations began at 120 Rivington Street in August 2011, and subsequently proceeded at slower than a turtle’s pace. In recent months, however, the exterior has certainly gained definition with its bricked archway and iron facade. No shots of the interior just yet. It is in this one-story box, beneath the Chico mural of same, that David Shemesh and team Antibes Bistro are poised to unveil Schapiro’s, an eatery featuring American cuisine with a “Jewish twist.”

The initial projections for opening date were sometime in the fall, but the liquor license took a minute to obtain. According to SLA records, the paperwork for full on-premise privileges went live on December 28. Give it at least another month…

The endeavor at 120 Rivington marks the third venture for the Antibes crew in this nook of the neighborhood, having joined the recently-opened Falafel Shop just across the street.

Recent Stories

Chad Marlow vs. Gigi Li for CB3 Chair, June 2014
5 Reasons Gigi Li Should Resign from Community Board 3

Gigi Li is currently the sitting Chair of Community Board 3. Her three-plus years as purported puppet of Susan Stetzer and the Silver machine have been tarnished by controversy. In such short order, she managed to piss off many people within the district, including member peers. Here are five reasons why Gigi Li should step […]

forsyth-plaza-update
Fits and Starts: Forsyth Street Plaza Updates

It’s been four months since the Department of Design and Construction broke ground on the Forsyth Street Plaza project (and six years since its introduction). In that time, a demolition crew punched through the bulwark masonry at the base of the Manhattan Bridge, leaving behind a field of dirt; work also began on the underground […]

karaoke-boho-outside
Karaoke Boho’s New Orchard Street Outpost Opens this Week

Almost a year later, the old Tammany Hall is ready for rebirth. Before you know it, the drunken hordes on Orchard Street will resume screaming about being a “small town girl living in a lonely world” who’s livin’ on a prayer … or some shit. Booting your sanity until morning. In other words, the second outpost […]

Manhattan Bridge approach
First Phase of Manhattan Bridge Safety Plan Takes Effect Today

Three weeks ago, an unlicensed dump truck driver coming off the Manhattan Bridge struck and killed 83-year-old Ka Chor Yau who was crossing Canal Street. Maykel Felix-Tejada was arrested and the vehicle impounded curbside (it’s still there). The fatal collision underscored the necessity of redesigning the bridge approach, which is basically a dangerous archipelago of concrete medians […]

Photo: Paul Aufiero
Vic’s Pizza Departing Essex Street After 45 Years in Business; New Development Looms

Housecleaning has begun at 355 Grand Street, the endangered non-landmarked landmark. The wave of luxury living is breaking here, and both ground floor businesses were given the boot; a gold-plated boot, at that. Interboro Properties purchased the historic corner row-house back in December for $4 million. But there is still some time. Flowers Cafe, on […]

  • l.e.s.ter

    Festival Mexicano?

    • http://www.boweryboogie.com Elie

      Yup, thanks for catching the typo.

  • Jimmy

    Festival not Roas Mexicano and i still weep every day i walk by and its not there anymore. Balls

  • david

    That Mexican place was charming but sucked food wise.

    • paul

      You mean the opposite? Im guessing you never ate there, food was great the place was not all that.