Roni-Sue’s Chocolates Opens Retail Shop on Forsyth Street
Roni-Sue’s Chocolates just jumped from market to mortar. And on its sixth anniversary, no less. Proprietor Rhonda Kave, who heretofore operated a tiny stall inside the Essex Street Market, now boasts a retail footprint at 148 Forsyth Street. The pre-launch party was held Monday night, and a grand opening to the public is scheduled for “this week.”
The new Forsyth digs, previously a short-lived kitchen supply store, offers plenty of room for chocolates and a glass-walled production space. Computer printouts on the facade even announce that you can “watch us handmake our chocolates and other treats in our open production kitchen and cold room.”
Meanwhile, Kave’s daughter Allison is using the family business as a platform for her own baked goodies, peddling her booze-infused brand – Butter & Scotch. She currently has a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for the concept, dubbed “Brooklyn’s first dessert & cocktail bar.” Roughly a third of the $50,000 goals has been met.
Roni-Sue’s first planted a flag on the Lower East Side six years ago (October 2007), and is usually a visible participant in neighborhood markets and events like the Hester Fair and DayLife.