Yopparai Quits Rivington Street, but Plans New Location
Stricken by pandemic difficulties, Yopparai is not reopening its popular Japanese restaurant on Rivington Street.
The business had closed at the onset of the pandemic last year, and struggled to make ends meet. “We tried takeout, but our menu and style wasn’t well suited for that,” ownership told us in an email.
That coupled with a tough landlord swayed the team to walk from 151 Rivington after some nine years.
Nevertheless, a revival is planned. We’re told that Yopparai is eyeing a new location “very close by,” and should be ready sometime next month.
Until then, Yopparai ownership still has several irons in the local fire, so to speak. It’s survived by newcomer Ronin Stones, which focuses on Omakase, and the approachable six-year-old Azasu. Both situated within steps of each other on Clinton Street.
Meanwhile, the upstairs spot at 151 Rivington was recently posted to Craigslist. Asking rent for the space is $6,875 per month.