A Kosher Restaurant at 171 East Broadway? Maybe

171 East Broadway.

Here’s some more information about a story we included in our “Morning Reads” today concerning a possible kosher restaurant coming to 171 East Broadway, the former home of “Broadway East.”   A trade publication, “Kosher Today” reported that real estate developer Michael Bolla is trying to open up a new vegetarian kosher spot in the location.   A short time ago, we spoke with Ron Castellano, who closed vegetarian-centric Broadway East about three years ago and operated a pop-up concept from the restaurant for a time. He’s spent the last several months renovating the space.

Castellano, who partnered with Bolla on the neighboring Forward Building condo conversion, said a few different proposals are being considered.  Bolla has a desire to open a kosher restaurant but different concepts from other potential partners are on the table, as well.  Back in the day, there was a kosher-style (it wasn’t endorsed by a rabbi) vegetarian restaurant called Schildkraut’s at 171 East Broadway, so there’s quite a history in this spot.

Castellano, an architect as well as nightlife operator,  has been taking his time revamping the interior, installing a wood-burning oven among other improvements.  Last spring, Bolla said he intended to open a judaica shop on the Lower East Side, but those plans fizzled.  Bolla is an Orthodox Jew.  He’s involved in the development and marketing of the Madison Jackson residential building.