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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.

 

Broadway East to Become Events Space

Months after Broadway East closed its doors, there’s news about the restaurant’s future. Grub Street has all the details:

Owner Ron Castellano, who’s been lending his kitchen to some of the food vendors at his other endeavor, the Hester Street Fair, tells us that he’s turning the chic bi-level venue into a full-time events space… And with the help of Kage Konsulting, he hopes to further transform it into an incubation chamber for a rotating roster of pop-up restaurants similar to John Fraser’s… Castellano half-jokes that he wants “a restaurant with a revolving door of chefs, which I already had anyway.”