Three Years After its Demise, ‘Flowers Cafe’ Returns to Essex Street

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Flowers Cafe is sprouting once again on the Lower East Side. Three years after new development forced its demise.

The mom-and-pop establishment will soon open around the corner from its longtime Grand Street headquarters.

Teaser signage arrived in the windows of 39 Essex Street, heralding the imminent arrival of Flowers Cafe on the Go. (Grace Unisex recently vacated the store.) Owner Bill Frazer, who also runs Flowers on Essex, tells us that this iteration of the business maintains a similar menu, but that it’s a smaller, more challenging space. He hopes to be up and running by December.

The spot chosen for the reboot is a familiar one for Frazer, as he previously operated the Sweet Grapes Wine Bar next door, in what is now Old Man Hustle.

Frazer first opened the cozy Flowers Cafe on in 2005. It lasted ten years before the building at 355 Grand Street – a Federal style row house – was sold and later demolished. It’s now undergoing rebirth as a six-story mixed-use luxury development.

Flowers Cafe on Grand St., February 2010

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