The New “Schapiro’s” of Rivington Street

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


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

Extra Butter Teams up with Adidas for Sneaker Pop-Up on Stanton Street

Thanks to Extra Butter and Round Two, Hell Square is now attracting sneakerheads and street-style seekers. Tapping that enthusiasm, the newish owners of 101 Stanton Street plugged the recent vacancy of Ma Non Troppo with an Adidas pop-up shop. The store is essentially a stunt to sell the new collaborative “Extra Butter x Adidas” sneaker. […]

Banksy’s Bowery Mural is Already Defaced

Well, that didn’t take long. Banksy’s seventy-foot mural at the Bowery Wall is already tagged to submission. Street writers made quick work of the spartan statement piece, scribbling over the messaging with red paint. In addition, another artist decided to reinterpret Banksy by putting Trump behind bars in this adjacent wheat-paste. The mural of tally […]

Keeping up with the NYC Half Marathon on East Broadway [PHOTOS]

At the Lower East Side leg of the NYC Half Marathon, fans were somewhat sparse, yet no less rabid. The St. Patrick’s Day hangover likely kept most people at bay. For much of the morning, roughtly 22,000 runners streamed off the Manhattan Bridge, onto Canal Street, then down East Broadway. We stood near the three-mile […]

Meet ‘Diller,’ the New Fried Pickles Spot from the Pickle Guys

Get ready for Diller. It’s been just over one year since the Pickle Guys rolled the barrels up the ramp and across the way to 357 Grand Street. The move was a big deal, transpiring fourteen years after proprietor Alan Kaufman split from Guss’ Pickles to create his own standalone business. Now comfortable in their […]

Police Barricades Set Along LES Route for Sunday’s Half Marathon

Police started installing metal barricades around the Lower East Side Wednesday night in anticipation of Sunday’s Half Marathon. Part of the route runs through the neighborhood just off the Manhattan Bridge. Approximately 22,000 marathon runners will flow off the bridge onto Canal Street, then follow East Broadway to its termination at Grand Street, and up […]