Former Ludlow Street Pizzeria Gets Some ‘Zing’ with New Rice Shop

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Within the last couple weeks, the former Via Tribunali pizzeria on Ludlow Street was completely disemboweled. Its token coal-fired oven smashed, with dining room in complete disarray. To that end, we had heard some chatter of late that a fast-food Greek spot would open in this spot. Not so. Get ready for some zing!

Proprietor Zing Bai is just about ready to unveil her eponymous rice shop here at 122 Ludlow Street. It seems the concept was kicking around since at least mid-summer, and is close to the finish line. Zing’s Awesome Rice, as the store is branded, is a “gourmet seared rice” shop with a minimal imprint on the block. Apparently, there will only be two tables with dining for ten.

For this, Zing Bai seeks beer-wine privileges with operating hours of noon to 3am on weekdays, and noon to 4am weekends; no stand-up bars on premise. Expect a fight from neighborhood activists (i.e. LES Dwellers), as Zing’s Awesome Rice sits in a resolution area, and seeks ambitious closing times. In any other area outside Hell Square, however, the State Liquor Authority might otherwise handily approve.

According to the official website, it should open for business on October 30. That is, if all goes to plan.

Zing Bai will seek the beer-wine license from Community Board 3 later this month.

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