Owner of the Wayland Headed to Canal Street with ‘Lula’

Posted on: April 2nd, 2021 at 5:04 am by

The northeast corner of Ludlow and Canal Streets is again up for grabs, thus concluding a string of successive nightlife concepts over the last few years. And the latest suitor is one with an East Village pedigree.

The one-and-a-half-year-old events space and wine bar by Convivium Catering ultimately didn’t survive the pandemic. Now, the owner behind east side haunts The Wayland, Good Night Sonny, and Animals, Food and Drink is gunning for the space at 37 Canal.

Robert Ceraso and partner Jason Mendenhall together appear on Community Board 3 application materials this month to impart a new nightspot at 37 Canal Street called Lula. It’ll accommodate 24 tables (main level and basement) plus standup bars, with proposed closing times of 2:00am daily. The application mentions a requisite menu of “New American” food and intention to serve liquor, wine, and beer.

The former catering space was the third and final endeavor from elements of the Convivium crew. You’ll recall that Skal replaced the long-running favorite, Lower East Side Enfants Terribles, back in 2013. It closed two years later, followed by Brigitte, which itself had a tough time finding footing. The latter bar shuttered in early 2019 after a rocky year-and-change at the Canal corner.

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