New Bodega on Its Way to 123 Essex
Contrary to previous reports, Famous Hakki Pizza will only occupy the tiny storefront at 123 Essex Street which formerly housed Chun & George Architect Engineers. Meanwhile, word on the street is the onetime budget threads shop at the corner, Visco, will reportedly sprout the newest neighborhood bodega. The advent of this as-yet-unnamed corner grocer marks the third such establishment within one short block. E & S Wholesome Foods is at the corner of Stanton, while the recently-launched LES Mini Mart is just across the way, on the east side of Essex.
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Over the weekend, we caught a glimpse of the new exterior, which now boasts floor-to-ceiling glass paneling and a double-door entrance on the corner. One gentleman on scene informed us that the establishment should open by the end of the month. Will this latest entrant fall into the bodega-slash-head shop camp or that of the now-trendy gourmet grocer? Cast your vote.