Brazilian Fast Food ‘Market Ipanema’ Expands to Kenmare Street

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 at 5:15 am by
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Little Fox didn’t last and is now gutted.

As Kenmare Street continues its upward trajectory toward luxury, it’s leaving some of its small businesses in the dust. The latest was Little Fox cafe, which didn’t last long and has since been gutted for its forthcoming replacement. Market Ipanema is on deck.

A simple printout in the lower third of the front window announces the arrival of Market Ipanema, a Brazilian-based fast-casual eatery. Kenmare Street is its first foray into the American market, bringing with it a “health conscious” menu consisting of salads, sandwiches, and mains like mashed pupunha and organic chicken with mushrooms.

Buildout should begin any day now.

This building saw plenty of commercial carnage in the last year-and-change. Three of five retail tenants in the building closed since September 2014, including Clos Wine Bar, Little Fox, and Japadog. The latter two businesses shuttered right around the time that 58-68 Kenmare was sold to Marc and Jack Cohen (“58 Kenmare Associates LLC/Comjem LLC”) for $13.2 million. Even tenants have suffered through the transition, as previously chronicled. Alleged harassment is afoot to scare away the rent regulated occupants.

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