Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market
The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing.
This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades.
Second-generation owner Christina Seid noted in a media advisory that this location was a perfect fit due to its “small local, family feel.”
But the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory isn’t the only new vendor announced this week. Other newcomers include Essex Shambles, a downtown spinoff of Harlem butcher Harlem Shambles, and Zerza, a fast-casual version of the East Village Moroccan restaurant.
As previously revealed, this $15 million replacement facility is a threefold size upgrade for the 77-year-old Essex Street Market. It offers 37,000 square-feet of available retail, and a 4,700 square-foot mezzanine level that boasts both seating and a “demonstration kitchen.” The larger space led to additional square-footage for eleven new vendors and two restaurant tenants for a total of 39. It’s scheduled to open in September 2018, with all current vendors making the journey.
The trajectory of the Essex Street Market is certainly headed toward that of upscale food hall.