Union Square Cafe is closing, the latest victim of New York City’s ever-rising commercial rents. The popular restaurant shutters this fall after 29 years unless restauranteur Danny Meyer can make a deal with the landlord who now wants a whopping $650,000 a year rent.
Now you know why NYC restaurants charge have to charge so much lettuce for a bowl of lettuce.
It’s especially sad because Union Square Cafe is credited in large part with helping turn the neighborhood around, from seedy to thriving. Read Danny Meyer’s Op Ed piece in the New York Times, and at least a few of the 500-plus comments readers from around the world have posted.
The news about Union Square Cafe’s closing came a few days after Meyer announced that the Shake Shack closing its original location in Madison Square Park. But don’t worry – it’s not until September, and only long enough to renovate and update. New York Magazine article.
Read about some other legendary NYC eateries and retail shops which have vanished thanks to greedy landlords on the NYCOTC Vanishing New York link.
Here is some more NYC food news you may have missed this week:
Chobani being sued for not being Greek enough or healthy enough. Too much sugar, it seems. Gothamist article
Lexus to open a lifestyle boutique in Meatpacking District. For the luxe life. Crain’s New York Business article.
H&H bagel factory to become an event and party space. Have your wedding in a former bagel bakery. DNAInfo article.