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Pretty Ricky’s Makes itself Known in Hell Square

Last modified October 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm

The bar formerly known as Grunhaus, and earlier, Spitzer’s Corner, is now showing its new identity. Pretty Ricky’s is almost ready to party. The corner bar at Ludlow and Rivington Streets last week installed new neon signage above the entrance. Its placement caps several months of interior renovations. The prolific team behind Boulton & Watt […]

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Boulton & Watt Team Readies ‘Little Ricky’s’ on Ludlow Street

Posted September 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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One Year Later, ‘Grunhaus’ Beer Hall on Rivington Street Closes

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

When the southeast corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets goes dark, you take notice. After all, this is possibly the most party-concentrated block in Hell Square. Grunhaus, the year-old beer hall that replaced Spitzer’s Corner, hasn’t been open lately. Most notably, this past Saturday night during peak party hours. Calls to the establishment go unanswered […]

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Spitzer’s Corner Reopened this Weekend as ‘Grunhaus’ on Rivington Street

Last modified March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

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 […]

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‘Spitzer’s Corner’ Closes for Renovations

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:05 am

For the first time in a long time, the southeast corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets is relatively quiet. Ten-year-old Spitzer’s Corner closed this week for a slight makeover. Signs announcing the onsite renovations appear in the doorway of the establishment. This is an expected development. As previously reported, hated Hell Square operator Rob Shamlian is […]

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Ten Years on, Spitzer’s Corner Morphs to ‘Spritzenhaus LES’

Posted January 8, 2018 at 5:05 am

Controversial Hell Square gastropub, Spitzer’s Corner, likely has a makeover in its future. Its owner Rob Shamlian is apparently looking to spruce things up a bit after ten years at Rivington and Ludlow Streets. Spitzer’s returns to Community Board 3 tonight, not for a sale of assets as in recent months, but to alter the […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Boulton & Watt Team Eyes Purchase of Shamlian’s Hell Square Empire

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Most anything related to Hell Square nightlife these days is usually bad news, newcomers or otherwise. Now, it appears three of the most problematic establishments are again being pitched in a manner befitting a fire sale. Controversial owner Rob Shamlian is again seeking buyers for his trio of Hell Square hot-spots – Fat Baby, Spitzer’s […]

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Rob Shamlian Makes Good on Promise and Sells off Spitzer’s Corner

Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:03 am

Controversial nightlife operator Rob Shamlian is finally making good on his promise to ditch the Lower East Side. Two of his three Hell Square holdings are changing hands as we speak. Not surprising. Shamlian has been “done with the Lower East Side” since at least 2011, and therefore willing to fully divest. The Derby was […]

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Dress Before Drink: The Spitzer’s Dress Store of Yore

Posted February 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

The mere mention of Spitzer these days evokes not only the disgraced former governor, but images of an oft-crowded bar in Hell Square that has a penchant for angering neighbors. More than seven years of Spitzer’s Corner at Rivington and Ludlow Streets has been marked with plenty of controversy, from employee lawsuits and Department of Health […]

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