Roni-Sue Chocolates’ stall at the Essex Street Market.
Rhonda Kave, owner of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, tells us she’s decided to shut down her stall in the Essex Street Market.
The small business opened in the public market back in 2007. Kave made the decision to downsize in the facility a couple of years ago, while opening a full-scale retail shop and production facility on Forsyth Street. Like many Essex Street Market vendors, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates has struggled during the past few years. Foot traffic took a tumble after the city announced a new market would be opening in 2018 as part of the big Essex Crossing project. A few months ago, Kave reconfigured the stall, offering products from other small businesses. In the end, she said, “We just couldn’t make it profitable.” The stall has been idled since right after Valentine’s Day. Kave informed the Economic Development Corp., which manages the market, of her decision on Friday.
In the past year-and-a-half, there has been a string of closures at the market. New vendors have been opening in their place, including Osaka Grub, which will debut next month.
You can still visit Roni-Sue’s Chocolates at 148 Forsyth St. The shop is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Last night, Roni-Sue Kave celebrated her new store on the Lower East Side in style.
Roni-Sue’s Chocolates is expanding its Lower east Side profile.
Roni Sue and Allison Kave.
Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are gearing up for another fun-filled Saturday on the Lower East Side. You may have already heard the Snap Food Truck, a new venture featuring Chicago-style hot dogs, will be part of this weekend’s fair. Today, we profile another food-centric vendor: Allison Kave of First Prize Pies.
Allison’s mom is Essex Street chocolate maven Roni-Sue Kave. Her brother, Corwin, is the executive chef of Fatty Crab (yes, you want to score an invitation to dinner at their house!) Growing up, Allison says, Roni-Sue’s kitchen improvisations made a big impact on the family. Experimenting with different cuisines provided her mom with a creative outlet and instilled in Allison and Corwin an appreciation for imaginative cooking and baking.
First Prize Pies returns to the Hester Street Fair this weekend.
Lots of neighborhood food news this week. Here’s today’s installment:
- Allison Kave of First Prize Pies talks to Huffington Post about baking 50 pies a week for sale at Roni-Sue’s in Essex Market and online, plus dozens of minis for the Hester Street Fair, where she returns on Saturday.
- Speaking of the Hester Street Fair, the full line-up for this weekend–with plenty of sweets in the mix–is here.
- Continuing a busy weekend of outdoor artisan food events, the New Amsterdam Market debuts its 2011 season Sunday.
- Time Out New York kicks off its On the Rooftop summer series Tuesday night at Above Allen, at the Thompson LES hotel.
- Roma Pizza at Essex and Delancey is closed for two months for renovations.
Essex Street, next to Seward Park. Photo by Peter Rojas, via yfrog.
More opening/closing news – food, drink and shopping edition:
- Fontana’s will be open by 3pm. Free Wifi. Serving Hot Chocolate, coffee and Hot toddies!
- Moo Shoes on Orchard hopes to be open by 1 or 2pm.
- Roni-Sue’s Chocolates is closed.
- Berkli Parc, the new coffee shop at Allen & Delancey, is open. Fresh scones are coming out of the oven!
- Northern Spy is closed for lunch but serving dinner.
- Dora on East Broadway. Build the first snowman outside their shop and your coffee is FREE for a week!
Who says nothing good ever came from Twitter? From Roni Sue of Roni Sue's Chocolates in the Essex Market:
roni_sue Sample something sweet today! Pina Colada and Pomegranate truffles, Buttercrunch, and of course Pig Candy on request!
And over at Saxelby Cheesemongers (also in the Essex Market), their blog has some suggestions for summer snacking. Ann Saxelby says leave the oven off, pick up some "luscious, creamy" burrata and toss it with a green salad. Or how about Salvatore Brooklyn's smokey ricotta, which is "hung in a cheesecloth, smoked over cherry wood, and somehow comes out tasting like a toasted marshmallow."
Chocolate covered bacon! Need we say more? Roni Sue Kave creates a wide range of interesting chocolate-based morsels in her shop at the Essex Street Market.
120 Essex Street, near Delancey