Sneak Peek: Cafe Grumpy’s on Essex, Opening Soon

As we’ve been anticipating, Cafe Grumpy’s newest outpost is due to open soon at 13 Essex Street. How soon? In about two weeks, if inspections go well, says Michael Rozinski, the CEO of Simply Divine Renovation, who was at the site of the new shop this morning overseeing the final stages of construction.

Newly Renovated Apartments at 13 Essex Ready to Rent

Last week we reported the gourmet coffee shop, Cafe Grumpy, is moving into 13 Essex. There’s more news today about this tenement buiding, the onetime home of Judaica store, Zelig Blumenthal.

In the past few months, the apartments above this building’s two storefronts have been undergoing major changes. The renovations now completed, Magnum Real Estate Services is  marketing at least five rental units.

Cafe Grumpy Comes to 13 Essex

Image via Cafe Grumpy's Flickr photostream.

The coffee blogs (we live in a very specialized world) had the story a few days ago. A friend of The Lo-Down pointed out to us that Cafe Grumpy, the Chelsea/Greenpoint gourmet chainlet, is coming to the Lower East Side.

Grumpy is  planning to open a shop at 13 Essex — and they’ve even posted a photo of the new space on their Flickr page. There are two vacant retail stores in this building. One of them is the former home of Zelig Blumenthal, the Judaica store that was a fixture on the Lower East Side for 60 years before moving to Brooklyn earlier this year.

Cafe Grumpy joins two other high-end coffee shops below Delancey: Brown (on Hester Street) and the Roasting Plant on Orchard. Also, Nicole Slaven is getting ready to open Dora on East Broadway.

Zelig Blumenthal Closes Shop on Essex Street

13 Essex, the former home of Zelig Blumenthal.

Yesterday we received an email tip from Kevin Walter, asking: “Did anyone notice that Zelig Blumenthal’s store at 13 Essex Street has vanished without a trace? Signs are gone? Interior is completely empty.  Another bit of the old, Jewish Lower East Side gone.”  Today we dialed the phone number for the Judaica store, a fixture on the Lower East Side for close to 60 years. The man who answered said they’d moved to Brooklyn.