Kosher Cafe Chosen to Replace Shalom Chai on Grand Street, Ending Hopes of Alex Raij and Eder Montero
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Kosher is the comeback kid down on Grand Street. Much of the neighborhood believed that the Seward Park Co-op board had telegraphed its latest play at the former Shalom Chai pizzeria at 357 Grand. Restaurateurs Alex Raij and Eder Montero were seemingly a shoe-in to replace the longtime Kosher eatery, having secured approval from Community Board 3 in August for a Spanish eatery.
That’s no longer happening, though. The co-op itself, which owns the strip of Grand Street retail, had three other suitors in mind for the space, and elected the one Kosher hopeful – lifelong resident Nathan Sklar on his maiden endeavor. It’s a vegetarian concept with the working name “Grand and Essex Cafe.” Sklar plans to serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Where’s the beef?