Grotto Reaches Its Goal; Dessert Truck Works is Next Lucky Ant Project

On Tuesday, we told you about Lucky Ant, a new Lower East Side start-up devoted to hyperlocal crowdfunding for small businesses. The company’s current project was Grotto, the Italian restaurant on Forsyth Street. Grotto was trying to raise $7500 to cover its beautiful garden. Here’s an update. Last night, with minutes to spare before the fundraising deadline, they made it!

Lucky Ant has now moved on to its next LES venture: Dessert Truck Works on Clinton Street. In the next eight days, they’re trying to raise $3500 to launch a new line of desserts sold in grocery stores. Have a look at the pitch.


Food Wire: Beauty & Essex, Imperial Tavern, Stellina

Imperial Tavern: still closed.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Fork in the Road notes that Imperial Tavern has not reopened, in spite of a sign in the window suggesting the new Ludlow Street party spot would resume operations February 14th.
  • Bowery Boogie reports Stellina, the bakery/gelato emporium next to Sorella, will be opening soon.
  • Serious Eats proclaims “Tasty Dumplings” on Mulberry Street the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown.

Check out these restaurants, and more, on our fabulous Food Page.

Dessert Truck Works Adapts to Clinton Street Storefront

In the past couple of years New Yorkers and the ingenious operators of an ever growing number of gourmet food trucks have been entangled in a passionate, yet fleeting, romance. For many reasons – a desire to escape the cold and rain, burdensome city regulations, the allure of bigger projects – many of these plucky entrepreneurs eventually set their sights on “brick and mortar” ventures.