Osaka Grub Becomes Latest Casualty at Essex Street Market

The Osaka Grub crew - photo via Instagram, 2016.

The Osaka Grub crew – photo via Instagram, 2016.

Another casualty at the Essex Street Market. After months of struggling for survival, Osaka Grub announced last night that it would be closing.

In a letter posted on Facebook and Instagram, owners David Senn and Diana Tam said, “Running the restaurant has been tough. Lackluster sales and the insufficient foot traffic inside the market really has made it difficult for us to continue.” They added, “Sometimes dreams do not work out the way you want them to but we cherished the little stall we had built from scratch and all of the great memories we had.”

Just last month, Saxelby Cheesemongers decided to shutter its Essex Street stall after 12 years in the market. She also cited sparse foot traffic, in addition to other factors. Osaka Grub, a Japanese fast food concept, had only been in the market for two years.

The current vendors were supposed to have moved across Delancey Street this month to a brand new facility as part of Essex Crossing. That move has been delayed until next year. The developers paid for the buildout of the new stalls and will be paying the moving expenses for the Essex Street Market’s existing merchants.