Flowers Cafe Closes Friday as Demolition of 355 Grand St. Draws Closer

Nearly 200-Year-Old Row House at 355 Grand St. Slated For Demolition

Back to School Special: Free Coffee at Flowers Cafe Today

All day today, coffee is free at Flowers Cafe at 355 Grand St. (at the corner of Grand and Essex streets).

355 Grand Street For Sale: $4.5 Million

The retail/residential combo building at the southwest corner of Grand and Essex is on the market.

In Lower East Side real estate market news this week, we learn that 355 Grand St. (aka 51 Essex St.) has just been listed for sale at $4.5 million. Per the listing from ERG Property Advisors:

The building is 3,200 square feet and is located on a 1,173-square-foot lot. It has approximately 7,061 total buildable square feet. The three-story property is comprised of two retail stores, one 2-bedroom apartment and one 1-bedroom apartment with outdoor space.  … There is a high amount of daytime foot traffic outside of the property. The area is relatively quiet at night and ideal for residential development.

The building currently houses Flowers Cafe, a small eatery facing Grand Street, as well as Vic’s Pizza, facing Essex. It is owned by Fizzo Realty, a New Jersey company headed by Joseph Pizzo, who acquired it in 1976, according to city land records. The structure dates back to at least 1901, when the buildings department first recorded work done there.

Sweet Grapes Wine Bar Opening on Essex Street Next Week

Sweet Grapes Wine Bar at 39 Essex Street is finally ready for business. Owner Bill Frazer has set next Thursday, March 3, as opening day at the bar, which has been converted from its former function as Frazer’s flower shop. Essex Flowers moved around the corner to Grand Street last year, and Frazer’s been preparing his first foray into the bar business ever since.

Desserts NYC Offers Sweet Treats on East Broadway

Desserts NYC opened May 20 at 155 E. Broadway.

For the last five years, Mary Fitzgerald has baked custom-order sweets for weddings, birthdays and other occasions in a rented commercial kitchen in Long Island City, schlepping her ingredients and finished products hither and thither and relying on word-of-mouth advertising.

Baking evolved from a hobby into a new occupation while Fitzgerald spent two decades working in the fresh flowers industry. Her jobs included a stint at a flower shop on Grand Street, where she was a co-worker with Bill Frazer, who now operates Essex Flowers (which just relocated to Grand Street) and Flowers Café, a small restaurant also on Grand.