More change is coming to a stretch of Grand Street east of Essex. Yesterday was the last day in business for the East Broadway Kosher Bakery, which was located (don’t ask!) at 363 Grand Street. The owner told us her lease was up and she just couldn’t afford the rent.
The storefront is owned by the Seward Park Co-op and is right next door to Shalom Chai Pizza, a kosher restaurant that remains closed after being shut down by the health department a couple of weeks ago. Frank Durant, the co-op’s general manager said, generally speaking, there’s been a lot of interest lately in the Grand Street retail spaces (which are located right across from the Seward Park development site). This particular storefront is small, so it presents some leasing challenges, he said.
There’s still a kosher bakery on Grand Street. Moishe’s at 504 Grand Street remains in business.
In a related note, Durant said the co-op has finally signed off on 7-Eleven’s renovation plans at 403 Grand Street. Last summer, the co-op board approved a 10-year lease for the ubiquitous chain store in spite of opposition from residents (you can review that saga here). Construction should start around the middle of next month. Durant said there would likely be an opportunity for residents to offer feedback about what kinds of products they’d like to see in the store.