151 Rivington Update: Yopparai Coming Soon, Renovations at 151

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 at 6:43 am by

151 Rivington Street has been a hotbed of activity these last couple months. There are two simultaneous renovations happening on-premise as we speak, one above and one below ground. Both nightlife related…

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Let’s talk about the upstairs first. 23-year-old Sushi chef David Bouhadana opened Sushi Uo here in October 2009. Initial response to this “secret sushi” spot seemed positive, but eventually caught some flak shortly after opening with its “Tuesday Night Live” eating concept. That weekly event, in which diners ate live seafood, invited the ASPCA to investigate. Uo closed barely a year later (December 2010), leaving a void for another likeminded venture. Enter Yopparai, a new Japanese restaurant that plans to launch in the coming days. Not much is known thus far, but a website and Facebook page chronicle the restaurant from inception.

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Next up is 151, that unmarked so-secret-it’s-hipster basement bar at the same address. We fielded a number of recent inquiries from readers asking about the status of the dungeon spot, since evidence of interior reconstruction has spilled out the front door. One Tweep assures us, however, that 151 is indeed returning under the same owner (Frannie Marchese of Welcome to the Johnson’s) once the facelift is complete.

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