Breaking: Papa John’s Pizza Coming to 343 Grand Street

Posted on: October 27th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

Alas, your eyes do not deceive you.  A Papa John’s outpost is coming to the Lower East Side.  Below Delancey.

Subway sorta pioneered fast food down in these parts, an area known more for Chinese restaurant supply business and Ideal Hosiery.  Their unlikely acquisition of the Palazzo Grey storefront two years ago opened the proverbial flood gates for more national chains.

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Papa John’s plans to open a mere catty-corner from Subway; at 343 Grand Street.  This storefront was previously occupied by the decades-old Grace Unisex salon, which relocated to 39 Essex Street over the summer.  For the moment, the interior is amidst a gut renovation of epic proportions.  Splintered wood and piles of sheet rock debris litter the entire space.  Obviously the powers-that-be don’t care to shield the carnage from snooping peeps.

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While not even listed in the official registry of Papa John’s store locations, the DOB permits are proof positive.  According to paperwork filed with the city last week:

PROPOSED “PAPA JOHN RESTAURANT”INTERIOR RENOVATION, EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION NEW COMMERCIAL OVEN TO FIRST FLOOR, RENOVATE CEILING AND FLOORING AND NEW WALK IN FREEZER TO AN EXISTING BUILDING LOCATED AT 343 GRAND STREET MANHATTAN NY 10002 NO CHANGE TO BULK OCCUPANCY USE OR EGRESS

This news comes thirteen months after the national franchise opened a spot on First Avenue in the East Village.  EV Grieve has more on that.

What does this mean for the block, in your humble opinion?  Sound off in the comments!

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