‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Eyes Rivington Street Debut this Weekend
After a build-out period of more than five months, including utilities-based delays, a new Vietnamese restaurant is all but ready to open on Rivington Street.
The newcomer here is an offshoot of the Queens-based Ginger & Lemongrass, described by owner-chef Petra Rickman as a contemporary Vietnamese fusion restaurant. Having debuted in Whitestone just last year – the Czech-born Rickman opened with Slovakian fiance, Michael Prelovsky – we are told that 153 Rivington Street is actually an expansion of the original, not a replacement.
The restaurant passed the requisite Con Edison inspection this past Monday, and now awaits the gas hookup. “We are planning to open this weekend or next week the latest,” Rickman remarked in an email.
We’re told that much of the delay is blamed on the fact that 153 Rivington Street, owned by convicted landlord Steve Croman, hadn’t been operational in the two years since Calexico departed.
The negative halo of Steve Croman hasn’t escaped the business owners, though. “[We understand the] reputation and lawsuit of Steve Croman doesn’t help the place to look better but we believe we are coming with something new and great and we will label 153 Rivington with a good name and reputation,” Rickman previously quipped.
Ginger & Lemongrass initially applied for a full liquor license at 153 Rivington Street back in the spring, yet met stiff resistance at Community Board 3. Rickman and company instead agreed last June to reduce the ask to a restaurant-wine license. The license became fully active yesterday.