Boulton & Watt Team Readies ‘Little Ricky’s’ on Ludlow Street
At the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets, change is nigh. No, not Beastie Boys Square, but the replacement of a fallen nightlife empire. That of Rob Shamlian.
His Grunhaus reboot of Spitzer’s Corner failed to succeed, and closed last spring. In its place, the prolific team behind Boulton & Watt and Drexler’s – Darin Rubell, Jaime Felber, and Eric Kruvant. Renovations remain ongoing at 101 Rivington, but are nearing completion. Word on the street is that the Johnny-come-lately is called Little Ricky’s.
Opening date is still a moving target, but should be later this fall (“Opening tomorrow for the last month,” in the owners’ words). Until then, the Grunhaus branding still holds court.
The Little Ricky’s crew has been circling 101 Rivington the last couple years, beginning with its proposed takeover of Fat Baby and Spitzer’s in 2017. Those plans failed to launch, and we were told at the time that neither was acquired.
Also, East Village residents might recognize the moniker, as it was also previously the name of a kitschy gift shop on East First Street.