Cafe Grumpy Opens Today

Finished Storefront

Image via Cafe Grumpy's Flickr photostream.

Looks like the Lower East Side can finally get Grumpy this morning.  Yesterday via Twitter, Cafe Grumpy signaled that they were ready for opening day at 13 Essex Street. A bakery supplying all of the coffee shop’s locations has been operating out of a space next door for several months (it’s not open to the public).  We offered a sneak peak of the cafe last month.

Cafe Grumpy’s Essex Street Bakery Operational; Coffee Shop Still to Come

The transformation at 13 Essex is almost complete. The former home of Judaica store Zelig Blumenthal is now occupied by Cafe Grumpy, the Brooklyn/Chelsea artisanal coffee purveyor.  They’ve taken both storefronts. According to a sign on the door, the south-side space is already serving as Grumpy’s bakery, supplying all of their locations. One guy on twitter seemed to love the “banana bread with cardamom and black pepper.” For the moment at least, it is not open to the public. The coffee shop next door will debut in the next few weeks. Click through to see construction photos, via Grumpy’s Flickr feed. .