SoHo’s Westwood Gallery Flocks to 262 Bowery
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The Bowery just added another gallery to its growing ranks. Bolstered by the presence of several showrooms and the International Center of Photography, the area is ripe for the picking. Next in line is SoHo’s Westwood Gallery.
The twenty-one-year-old Westwood Gallery is poised to move into 262 Bowery. Build-out has been underway for a few months, all with the former occupant’s signage (and mural) hanging in state.
Westwood Gallery is known for exhibiting contemporary artists and photographers at 568 Broadway since 1995. This relocation is likely an effort, as with others, to keep up with cool. Everyone wants to be on the Bowery these days.
“We have had parallels to the Bowery for many years, including representing artists on the Bowery, such as Will Insley (1929-2011), who lived at 231 Bowery for 40 years,” co-owner Margarite Almeida tells us.
“The gallery owners James Cavello and Margarite Almeida are also founders of a new contemporary art fair, ‘Art Hawaii International’ in Honolulu. Ironically, the name of the former business at 262 Bowery was Hawaii Restaurant Equipment.”
Westwood should open sometime in mid-June.
Hawaii Restaurant Equipment sunsetted from 262 Bowery in April 2015. The large ground-level store had been on the market for the prior two years. You’ll recall that this building was part of the massive 11-property Bowery portfolio Joseph Betesh snatched up for $62 million in June 2013.
The Attias clan was behind this restaurant supplier, and is part of the same family that operated the Attias Oven Corp./Cannon Co. double-shot across the street, now a Paulaner beer hall.