Italian Restaurant Grotto Closes

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.


LES Start-up Lucky Ant: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses

The garden at Grotto, 100 Forsyth Street.

Anyone who’s been to Grotto, the charming osteria at 100 Forsyth Street, knows it boasts one of the Lower East Side’s nicest gardens.  But since the backyard is uncovered, the garden is only usable a few months out of the year.  But thanks to a start-up called Lucky Ant, there might just be a solution to this problem.

Lucky Ant is a crowd-funding web site something like Kickstarter.  Launched earlier this year by a young entrepreneur named Jonathan Moyal, Lucky Ant seeks to become a hyper-local Kickstarter for small businesses.  The company plans to expand throughout Manhattan (and eventually nationwide), but right now the focus is on small enterprises in this neighborhood (Lucky Ant is headquartered on Chrystie Street).


A German couple, Amrei Schmitt-Fumian and David Wiesner, patterned this hidden gem on the memorable island restaurants frequented on their many trips to southern Italy. The cozy osteria serves  homey dishes fusing Italian, European and American sensibilities. The bartenders are extremely warm. The garden in the back is enchanting. Good for big groups.  This place becomes quite “sceney” on weekend evenings.

100 Forsyth, near Broome


Sun-Thu, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-midnight

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