The Second Coming of St. Jerome’s on Rivington Ends, ‘LES Junction’ up Next
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The mid-block hang goes before Community Board 3 in a couple weeks for the presumed sale of assets (and full liquor license). LES Junction is the tentative name for the establishment, which will carry the torch. There are 11 tables, 77 seats, and 2 bars on premise. Spotted Pig’s former sous chef Edie Ugot is in charge of the menu, according to application materials, which consists of a “mix of hot and cold [food], bar food, shareables, and snacks.” Closing time is 4am all days.
Principals involved in this new venture – Gavin Downie and Lynn McNeill – have no experience owning and/or operating nightlife in New York City. But they are in the game. Downie is currently a manager and bartender at Nowhere Bar, and spent time at the Spotted Pig and the Breslin; McNeill owns the Beaver Cafe in Toronto and was once a bartender at Danceteria.
Rivington F+B is co-owned by Paul Seres, part owner and head of day-to-day operations at The DL, Aleksandra Drozd, majority owner in The Delancey and The DL, and Jonas Pelli, former manager/bartender at St. Jerome’s. Upon its debut in 2014 as replacement, the intent was reportedly a “tavern serving a diverse slider menu, small plates and personal pizza program.”
(St. Jerome’s proper opened in 2006, and was co-owned by Lady Gaga’s onetime boyfriend Luc Carl. It closed in the spring of 2013.)