As the original Mott Street outpost of mini-Asian empire Rice prepares to shutter, the eatery has been prepping for the opening of a replacement home in the neighborhood at 292 Elizabeth Street (between Houston/Bleecker). Besides asking for help with the liquor license, the restaurant has accelerated construction work on the new space. A tipster reports, "I peeked into construction on Elizabeth Street today and inquired about the space upon seeing a bar frame. The foreman confirmed that RICE will be moving to this space. Looks much larger. Is located next to Parisi Bakery."
Eater operatives dropped by to case the exterior, and also got a peek inside.