International Center of Photography Brings ‘Maman’ Cafe Outpost to the Bowery

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 at 5:11 am by
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The International Center of Photography officially opened its flagship Bowery location to the public yesterday. Its coronation was years in the making, and caps an extended period of dormancy for this storefront real estate at 250 Bowery.

With its arrival in the neighborhood, though, is a tag-along eats occupant. Indeed, lost in all the headlines about how the Bowery is teeming with galleries and the like, is the fact that another cafe just opened inside the institution. Little Italy-based Maman took a nook by the window to peddle its French fare, such as pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. There will be breakfast and lunch service, plus a to-go window for passersby.

Maman was founded two years ago on Centre Street by Michelin-rated chef Armand Arnal and partners Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall. The Bowery outpost is the second expansion for the bakery behind Greenpoint.

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Recall that this 11,000 square-foot unit (ground and basement) at 250 Bowery had quite the controversial upgringing. After the hoity-toity condo building debuted, Anthropologie briefly considered opening a store here. However, mother nature intervened in the form of Hurricane Sandy, and the brand backed out of its commitments. International Center of Photography purchased the ground floor of 250 Bowery for $23.5 million in the spring of 2015.

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250 Bowery before the luxury, April 2010

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