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.