Inside the Pizza Joint that Replaced Cup & Saucer
Gone is Cup & Saucer, and here is the replacement – the so-called Pizza Cafe and Grill, which opened this week.
Signage for the newcomer first arrived in November, and has been tough to digest. It’s definitely gonna take some getting used to.
Meanwhile, the interior of 89 Canal Street was upended and turned sideways to make way for table seating and a soda fountain. No more lunch counter and stool seating. At the moment, the space is rather bereft of personality, and already poised to capitalize on the ever-growing ridership of the area Chinatown bus depot.
Take a look inside the store.
As previously reported, Cup & Saucer fell victim to a wallet-busting rent gouge last July. The landlord hiked the monthly take nearly fifty-percent to $15,000 (plus real estate taxes), and the restaurant couldn’t press on. The business was under the same ownership since partners Nick Tragaras (also a cook) and John Vasilopoulos took over in 1988. Yet, the corner kitchen dates back some 77 years during its time as a Jewish luncheonette.