Vic’s Pizza Closing Tonight After 45 Years on Essex Street; Luxury Living Coming Soon

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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Vic’s Pizza follows the lead of Flowers Cafe and will serve its last slice tonight (8pm) after more four decades on the Lower East Side. That’s two mom-and-pops shoved aside yet again, all in the name of that gold rush mentality. Both closures were expected, though, with plans of demolition and replacement revealed last spring.

As previously reported, nascent owner Interboro Properties, who purchased 355 Grand Street last year for $4 million, is planning a residential resurrection for the property. Which means removal of the Federal-style row house that dates back some 200 years. So much for neighborhood history.

The mixed-use replacement building will rise six stories, with upper crust written all over it. The still-pending proposal includes 4,578 square-feet split between two enormous triplex units; 1,958 square-feet of retail on the ground floor. Approval is still on the horizon, though.

Vic’s Pizza was just another casualty caught in the crossfire, alas, and permanently ends service tonight. The proprietor Victor Mendez (from the neighborhood) told DNAinfo last week that he was having difficulty securing any new spaces. Rents are reportedly going for more than twice the $2,200 he is paying on Essex Street.

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355 Grand St. at 200 years-old to be torn down, July 2015

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