Monday, August 17, 2020

Ravi DeRossi plans vegan Mexican restaurant for former Violet space on 5th Street

[Photo from July 30]

East Village restaurateur Ravi DeRossi has plans for a vegan Mexican restaurant at 511 E. Fifth St., the former Violet space between Avenue A and Avenue B.

DeRossi is on tonight's virtual CB3-SLA agenda for a new liquor license for the address. According to the questionnaire for public viewing at the CB3 website, the working name is Spider in the Garden. (The space has a garden in the back, which a previous tenant, GG's, would use to harvest several ingredients.)

The proposed hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, with a 1 a.m. close on Friday. Proposed weekend hours: Noon to 2 a.m. on Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday.

Reps for DeRossi did not respond to an email seeking more information about this venture.

DeRossi's other EV establishments include Avant Garden, Ladybird and Amor y Amargo.

Violet, the restaurant by the Pizza Loves Emily Group and chef/owner Matt Hyland, did not reopen after the COVID-19 PAUSE.

The address has been home to several restaurants since Le Tableau closed in December 2007. Before Violet, there was Goat Town, Seymour Burton, Butcher Bay and GG's.


Shazziz said...

Nothing works for long in that space, unfortunately. I liked Goat Town.

Anonymous said...

Yawn... another RD crunchy biz.

Scuba Diva said...

I'm looking forward to this one; there just can't be enough vegan Mexican places—IMHO. This is gonna be good.

Scuba Diva said...

I'm looking forward to this one; there can't be enough vegan Mexican places, IMHO.

(@Anonymous2:24, the vast majority of establishments in this city serve animal products; get over yourself.)

La vie est belle said...

I'm excited for the concept, just hope it's not so expensive like his other spots.

~evilsugar25 said...

I still search for an equivalent to GG Pizza. I still crave it and miss it.

LPIFLY said...

Aw snap... im gonna be in trouble living across the street from here. Surprused it flipped this quick but ill take all the vegan burritos I can while it lasts

Mamamama said...

Yum, I love his other spots.

Anonymous said...

Ever notice how a particular space on a particular street becomes a revolving door for failed restaurant after failed restaurant?