3 Restaurant Supply Businesses Move from the Bowery, Including Chair Up

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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More musical chairs on the Bowery. In the span of just a couple weeks, the last stronghold of Bowery restaurant suppliers lost three big-time players. All moved elsewhere.

Most notable is the departure of Chair Up, the supplier that’s been at 219 Bowery for nearly two decades. Since 1999, in fact. The proverbial writing had been on the wall, though; remember that Chair Up is a casualty of the blockbuster eleven-building Bowery portfolio sold to Joseph Betesh (aka Milestone Equities) three years ago for $62 million. Business carried on during the interim, even after some retail listings surfaced.

The silver lining here, though, is that they’re staying in the neighborhood, and will downsize to a much smaller store at 48 Delancey, previously occupied by a bodega. That’ll happen sometime in February, according to signage on the establishment.

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First to leave, however, was Regent Restaurant Equipment at 213 Bowery, a corner stalwart for more than a dozen years (since the mid-1990s). Handwritten signs on the gates and canopy – since removed – had announced the recent “move to queens.” Their new address is 69-04 Woodside Avenue.

Both Regent Restaurant Equipment and Chair Up were supporters of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors in their quest to curb over-development vis-a-vis the “East Bowery Preservation Plan.” This is the campaign to limit the height of buildings on the east side of the street, much like it is on the other side (i.e. Special Little Italy District). No movement there, though.

Departure of the relatively new East Coast Kitchen from 216 Bowery was more expected, though. After all, its three-story headquarters is currently on the open market. Marketing materials didn’t leave any room for these guys, pitched as a development opportunity. In an ironic twist, the building owner is listed as Robert E. Balter, the family which owns the eponymous supply company across the street.

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