Report: Bereket Will Close Tonight After 19 Years in Business
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Like dominoes, they will soon fall. We’ve been saying that a lot this year…
A tipster told Jeremiah over at Vanishing NY that Bereket will be closing its doors forever after business tonight. The end comes after 19 years at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets. All calls to the late-night eatery are greeted with the operator saying the number is no longer in service.
Bereket is just the first, though. As we first reported earlier this year, Ben Shaoul is circling this low-rise stretch of retail like a shark waiting for the kill. When we last touched upon the story, we reported that the restaurants on the block needed to clear out by the end of May ahead of demolition. But the most recent talk pushed the date forward by a few months. Meaning sometime in August.
We double-checked the city database but don’t yet see any sales on file. Though, it may take a minute to update. The deal allegedly includes the entire lot of single-story buildings along this strip, including Lobster Joint, Ray’s Pizza, Empanada Mama, and around the corner to 200 Orchard, Taqueria, and Karaoke Boho; lease buyouts were reportedly offered to merchants operating in these stores.