Serafina is Indeed Opening a Lower East Side Locale

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 at 5:16 am by


Serafina is indeed gunning for a Lower East Side presence. The former home of Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street, in fact.

The gates of 98 Rivington were raised yesterday afternoon, revealing the dormant space. More importantly, a woman out front spent several hours collecting signatures of support for the new Serafina location. The petition on the table indicated an intent to obtain full liquor license with 2am closing time.

Serafina had been on the Community Board 3 agenda this month, but withdrew almost immediately. The scratch was probably due to the need for more community outreach. If this goes through, 98 Rivington will be the tenth city location for the restaurant company; there are many more worldwide.

This high-profile corner in the heart of Hell Square was previously home to Galli Restaurant. The establishment served Italian food to the neighborhood for roughly sixteen months. Same concept as sister outpost to the SoHo brand, it replaced the decade-long run of ‘inoteca.

Meanwhile, the exterior still boasts plenty of Bernie Sanders-themed artwork, organized by Clayton Patterson and the LES Dwellers block association.

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