Levine & Shah Battle Over Sons of Essex, ‘Bodega

Matt Levine outside Sons of Essex.

Matt Levine outside Sons of Essex.

Yesterday, nightlife operator Matt Levine told Eater that one of his establishments, Cocktail Bodega at 205 Chrystie St., would be closed for an extended period due to “building issues,” which he said were related to plumbing problems.  Then a few hours later, Eater posted an update, including a statement from a rep for Levine’s partner, Michael Shah.

“IndieFork Hospitality has parted ways with Matt Levine effective immediately,” the statement read. “We are grateful for all Matt has done for us, and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.”  The company also operates Sons of Essex, which the duo opened at 133 Essex St. in 2011.  The plan is, apparently, to reopen Cocktail Bodega “with a brand new concept.”