Hester Street Fair Hatchlings Fly

In the current issue of our print magazine, we talked with Hester Street Fair food vendors who have gone on to success with permanent brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants. This summer, the weekly showcase of artisan food and crafts is set to launch even more new entrepreneurs, including chefs and bakers from an incubator kitchen in the Bronx who will be making their debuts at a special event during the July 20 fair. Click through to read the story.

Mexicue Food Truck Lands on the LES

Food truck Mexicue signed a lease for 2,000 square feet on Forsyth Street.

From this month’s edition of The Real Deal comes news about several Lower East Side retail properties:

  • 106 Forsyth St.: The operators of food truck Mexicue signed a 10-year lease for a 2,000-square-foot restaurant between Broome and Grand streets, offering cuisine that’s “the sweet, sweet love child of red-hot Mexican cuisine and down-home, barbeque goodness.”
  • 218-220 Bowery: Italian race car star Alessandro Zampedri signed a lease with an option to buy this space on the Bowery between Spring and Prince, where he plans to open The Bowery House hotel, “an affordable hospitality concept with a coffee bar on the ground floor.” More details on Massey Knakal’s website.

Hester Street Fair Profile: Melt Bakery

Kareem Hamady, Julian Plyter.

There will be some new faces at the Hester Street Fair this weekend, including Guss’ Pickles (a new/old face) and Daisy BBQ, plus lots of returning vendors. Continuing our series profiling fair participants, I visited yesterday afternoon with the guys behind Melt Bakery, one of Hester Street’s freshman year stars.

Fair organizers have made supporting budding entrepreneurs and artists a big priority. Julian Plyter and Kareen Hamady are a great example of that.  Melt Bakery is a concept born on the Lower East Side, and now it’s about to establish a permanent “brick-and-mortar” presence in the neighborhood. I met them at 132 Orchard, just above Delancey Street, an empty storefront amongst the shoe and leather stores dotting this historic block. In the next six weeks or so, the sliver of a space will be converted into Melt’s production facility and retail shop.

Good Morning!

Could it be that spring has finally arrived on the LES? These flowers on an East Broadway stoop say, “Yes!” Look for mostly sunny skies today with highs in the low 70s.

Hester Street Fair – Season Two Opens With a Bang

Hester Street Fair Returns for Season Two - photo by thelodownny.com

The Hester Street Fair kicked off its second season in stlye on Saturday, as over 11,000 visitors stopped by to sample the fantastic selection of food and hand-crafted/vintage goods, while enjoying the perfect spring weather. Our friend, (and a co-founder of the fair) SuChin Pak, has just sent word that Luke’s Lobster was sold out by 3pm, Kings County Jerky sold out by 2pm and all of the food vendors had run out of many popular items by 4pm. Luckily La Sonrisa, Mighty Balls and Cheekys held down the fort until the very end (barely!).

Pak noted that, thanks to the Mother’s Day traffic, some of their jewelry vendors had their biggest sales to date. Here are some photos from our visit, including one of the Melt Bakery owners, Kareem Hamady and Julian Plyter, who are excited to be opening a brick and mortar space of their very own on Orchard Street, sometime in the next few months. They make some darn good ice cream sandwiches! (Melt will be featured in our Hester Street Fair Profile coming up this Wednesday.)