Pickle Guys Expanding Into Old PKNY Space on Essex Street
Now in its thirteenth year on the block, the Pickle Guys remains the only brine game in this part of town. Strange, considering the Lower East Side once boasted over a hundred such vendors. Business is apparently pretty good, though, as plans are currently underway to expand the operation next door, into what was previously PKNY. Renovations are in full swing.
We are told that the Pickle Guys are looking to use the new space to alleviate the crowded conditions in the current sub-level store. The newly acquired square-footage will offer additional room for a prep area, more refrigeration units, barrel storage, and office area.
In addition, one of the store managers quipped the other day that “we are here to stay.” Heartening news, to say the least. Seriously, what would we do without the weekly quart pickup?
PKNY opened at 49 Essex Street in 2010 as Painkiller. A subsequent lawsuit by Pusser’s Rum forced the name change. The tiki bar remained operational until last summer when doors closed for good.