‘Il Mattone’ is Opening a Lower East Side Pizzeria
From falafel to pizza to burgers, and back to pizza again. Such is the trajectory of retail life at 147 East Houston.
You may have noticed the complete transformation of the commercial storefront at Eldridge and East Houston. This particular space has been on and off the market several times in recent years. Even while Lucky’s Famous Burgers was still in play (since closed).
But now the remodeled former burger joint is set to welcome a familiar face. We’re told that the well-regarded Il Mattone pizzeria is opening an outpost here. Looking inside, there is teaser signage to that effect sitting on the floor. This will be the third location for the company, which also counts Tribeca and the West Village in its stable.
It should open in about two months, according to worksite chatter.
This is a return to form of sorts for 147 East Houston. Remember the infringement-heavy Mario’s Pizza that replaced Chickpea in 2009?