il Laboratorio del Gelato Saying Farewell to Orchard

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 at 6:12 am by

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Next Sunday, il Laboratorio del Gelato will open its tremendous new space at 188 Ludlow, the ground-level retail space of luxury rental complex The Ludlow. Yesterday afternoon, we treated ourselves to two scoops of premium gelato and were greeted with a formal announcement of the Orchard Street farewell.

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It reads:

Yes, we are moving.  Sad to leave Orchard Street after eight years.  But we look forward to seeing you on Houston Street at Ludlow, just up the street.  Across from Katz’s Deli.  Seating. 48 flavors, a full Cafe Grumpy espresso bar.  Opening Sunday, November 7!

As for the new Ludlow space, it’s reportedly six times the size of the 95 Orchard Street locale, and will stay open until midnight on weekends (a far cry from its current closing time!). In so many words, owner Jon Snyder told New York Magazine in an interview that it will pretty much retain its quick-stop nature.  There will be bench seating for roughly fifteen people, but no tables.  Much of the newfound open area will instead be utilized as “a bit of a showroom so the public can see what we do.” And Snyder is adding coffee into the mix with the inclusion of an espresso bar.  Cafe Grumpy will roast all the beans.

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