Spitzer’s Corner Reopened this Weekend as ‘Grunhaus’ on Rivington Street
Spitzer’s Corner closed in late-January and went under the knife a a few weeks later. The establishment went through a speedy conversion to a new nightlife concept that’s basically more of the same.
Meet Grunhaus, the successor, which officially opened over the weekend. Fresh neon signage has been in play since last week. They serve up German snacks alongside the brew, such as sausages and pretzels.
As previously reported, bar owner Rob Shamlian remodeled the “gastropub” to introduce an open kitchen layout and the elimination of communal seating in favor of several smaller tables. The ADA-compliant bathroom is also moved. Community Board 3 had approved these alterations, but nixed the proposed change in the method of operation to create a Lower East Side version of Spritzenhaus.
It’s also worth reiterating that Shamlian had been trying to sell this venue for years. The team behind Drexler’s – Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, and Eric Kruvant – showed itself as the latest suitor, but gave up last summer after the now-shuttered Fat Baby deal fell through. (Shamlian also owns Los Feliz.)