Daroma Restaurant Equipment Relocating to 180 Bowery

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 at 6:08 am by

It was probably late summer when onsite activity became more pronounced at 180 Bowery, former home of Empire Restaurant Supply.  At the time, one lone worker had told us that another commercial restaurant supply company was on its way to the location.  But no further details.  The property remained fairly quiet.

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However, in recent weeks, the gates have been up during weekday business hours, with employees pacing the premises at greater frequency.  By the end of last week, the mystery was solved thanks to some familiar in-your-face signage.  Daroma Restaurant Equipment is migrating south from its current perch beside the New Museum, seeking refuge from the neverending onslaught. The actual moving process remains ongoing, and should be completed shortly.

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This business relocation, or a closure of some sort, was inevitable.  It’s just two years in the making.  Indeed, back in 2008, the New Museum purchased 231 Bowery for a slim $16 million.  Many thought it was curtains for Daroma.  Speculation abounded that the modern art palace was seeking additional office and storage space, and wanted to protect its unobstructed view of the Bowery.  So, one chapter closes in the story of this property, and another will soon open. The question is, retail or restaurant?

We’ll keep you posted on the new ground level tenant at 231 Bowery!

Daroma Restaurant Equipment, 180 Bowery, (212) 260-2463

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