Edwin & Neal’s Principals to Take Over Operations at Sauce on Rivington Street
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A changing of the guard is afoot at neighborhood favorite, Sauce, on Rivington Street. Just a few months shy of its fifth anniversary on the block. But rest assured, it’s staying in the family.
Sauce operating partner Adam Elzer and his partner in the nascent Edwin & Neal’s, Shane Covey, are together taking full corporate control of the Italian restaurant from founder Frank Prisinzano (Supper, Lil’ Frankie’s, Frank, East Village Radio), according to paperwork on file with Community Board 3.
Since the takeover is more than an 80% change in the corporate structure (i.e. “substantial corporate change”), a new liquor license application is automatically triggered with the State Liquor Authority. Hence, the appearance of 78 Rivington Street as a separate application on the April SLA agenda for CB3 (full liquor). Given their status as a locals spot catering to the neighborhood, it’s difficult to imagine there will be much opposition here.
Elzer and Covey had also briefly considered opening a location of their Upstate in the multi-level space formerly occupied by Preserve 24. That plan subsequently fizzled.
East Village restaurateur Frank Prisinzano opened Sauce at 78 Rivington back in October of 2011. Its original concept included a sidecar butcher space run by Tiberio Custom Meats. That relationship ended two years later, and the back room became a permanent dining area.
And before Sauce, it was Kampuchea and Bun & Co…