Little Seattle Update: Via Tribunali Opening in January

Posted on: November 9th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

So-called Little Seattle down on Ludlow Street has pretty much been a bastion of mum for the better part of the past year. The last big news to seep from the silence was word that Pike Street Fish Fry was no longer part of the equation, and that Caffe Vita would instead occupy the 124 Ludlow premises. That was back in mid-July.

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With the exception of some temporary promo pasters a few weeks ago, we haven’t seen too much in the ensuing four-month period. The Little Seattle project site is virtually impregnable, so snagging a covert peek behind the plywood is a tough task. Workers run a tight ship. But lucky for us, the creative designer assigned to the Via Tribunali endeavor – Brooklyn resident Eric Worech – had published early blueprint sketches illustrating what the neighborhood can expect from both Via Tribunali (122-124 Ludlow) and sister coffee shop Caffe Vita next door. Classy Italian restaurant feel with facade ornamentation.

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What’s more, we now have a timetable for the launch of Via Tribunali. According to a recently-branded Facebook page for the Lower East Side branch, official opening is slated for January 5 of next year. That buys contractors an extra two months to finish the job, which has already been in the works for over a year. Meanwhile, that ever-elusive beer and wine license is still pending with the SLA; it’s in a resolution area.

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