Serafina will Open its Ludlow Street Restaurant on November 16
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There it is. It’s official. Yellow teaser banners at 98 Rivington Street promise that Serafina will open on November 16.
Quite a surprise, actually. Build-out of this Lower East Side location has been ongoing for months – seemingly secretly – with painted gates closed. The advertising signs didn’t arrive until a few days ago (and already vandalized, by the way).
When it debuts next month, this Serafina will stay open later than others in its stable. This is Hell Square, after all. Community Board 3 approved the full OP license last May without compelling argument of public benefit, a full liquor license was awarded. Albeit with slimmed hours. The compromise was set at closing times of 1am during the week and 2am on weekends. Paperwork is still pending at the State Liquor Authority.
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.