‘The Sosta’ will Bring Italian Fast-Casual to the Former Mott Hardware Space on Kenmare Street

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Its proverbial grave is still warm, but there is already a replacement venture poised to take over from the former Mott Hardware at the corner of Kenmare Street. The mom-and-pop shop just closed at the end of August after decades in business.

In its stead, something called The Sosta is getting ready to open at 52 Kenmare Street (aka 186 Mott), further converting the area into a corridor of cafes. The new restaurant is a fast-casual Italian affair that will sling seasonal salads, focaccia sandwiches, homemade pastas, and gelato. Chef is Ali LaRaia. Opening should be sometime in December, according to Zagat’s fall 2016 preview.

Apparently the replacement comes courtesy of the restaurant group Esquared Hospitality, now very familiar with the area. Indeed, the consortium already counts By Chloe on its label roster, the health-conscious eatery presently building out its Lafayette Street satellite. In fact, this outpost has been stalled for the better part of a year. We first reported on the new location in December 2015, and it’s still not open.

The team will go before Community Board 2 later this month for beer-wine privileges.

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