Report: East Village Cheese Finds New Home on Avenue A [UPDATED]
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Photo: EV Grieve
Alarm bells sounded earlier this month when the blogosphere erupted over news that East Village Cheese would go belly up. The dairy shop – beloved by locals for both quality and affordability – was given the boot by landlord Urban Associates LLC so that the Duane Reade can expand its footprint.
As if an enormous Duane Reade really needs to expand. The predatory drug store already holds down the entire corner space.
But now, some good news. Off the Grid learns that East Village Cheese has secured a new home in the
former Destination Bar space at 211 Avenue A [UPDATE] The team clarifies that a new space was not found, and this location was never considered. They hope to move somewhere in the neighborhood at the end of July once the lease is up.
EV Grieve first broke the story.
East Village Cheese is owned by Tibetan immigrants Lobsang Tsultrim and Thupten Tenphel, former employees who eventually took over from its founder, Alvin Kaufman.
“If I have to move, I have to spend money. I don’t know if it’s going to work,” Tsultrim tells the blog. The new location is a downsize for the company. “We’re trying to help the Village – that’s why we’re having a problem.”
Meanwhile, the news isn’t as rosy for P&P Convenience or Excel Art.