Hotel on Rivington Replaces Viktor & Spoils with New Shanghai-Themed Lounge
With surgery complete, the Hotel on Rivington is ready to relaunch its nightlife activity. Co-op Food & Drink shuttered back in January, and in the interim, the entire ground and second levels were remodeled and entrance updated. Now, a Shanghai-themed lounge and Mediterranean restaurant are ready.
Roberto Buchelli (Beautique, Provocateur) and Corey Lane (partner in 13th Street Entertainment) opened the former, Jia, last night. The 1,200 square-foot lounge takes over the flatlined Viktor & Spoils and is “meant to evoke the sophistication of 1930s Shanghai,” according to the Wall Street Journal. A doorman told us straight-up, though, that this is not a locals spot, saying that it’s “some guest list shit” over there. Apparently it opens at 11pm.
Also part of the the Hotel on Rivington footprint is a “progressive Mediterranean” spot near the hotel entrance. The as-yet-unnamed establishment will boast 100 seats and should open sometime next month. The second floor lobby level, meanwhile, received a makeover of its own, complete with plush seats and French windows open my onto Ludlow Street. As previously reported, Caffe Vita will also operate a presence here.
Buchelli and Lane were quick to proclaim in the article that the Lower East Side as “the next nightlife destination.” Laughable. Where have you been? Party’s over in Hell Square, guys, didn’t you know?
However. What’s strange about these ventures, and the broader renovation, is that the Hotel on Rivington did not appear before Community Board 3 for any of these alterations.
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