East Houston Bodega on the Outs; Space for Rent

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The writing is on the proverbial wall. Or shall we say, the vinyl. Friday afternoon, two ladder-bound workers dressed the beige facade of 53-55 East Houston in a flashy new jumpsuit – a savvy “for rent” advertisement. Days are numbered for La Cocina Deli.

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While day-to-day business continues unabated inside the neighborhood bodega, which was actually just renovated last year, the landlord is already out there seeking a replacement tenant. The new corner billboard at Mott Street implores potential business owners to put “your store here.” A quick scan of the QR code reveals that the ground-level commercial property is now on the open market, and judging by the accompanying literature, wishing to attract the monied class with a boutique of some sort. Maybe Rag & Bone will take up the offer and again extend its footprint…we should be so lucky (not!).

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This now being prime Nolita real estate, a corner convenience store doesn’t seem to fit the formula anymore.

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We’re actually more worried about favorite Boogie haunt Milano’s up the block…

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