‘Bonsai Kakigori’ Dessert Shop Opens on Stanton Street this Week
For Bonsai Kakigori, the three-month buildout period is hastily concluding. The Japanese dessert shop is planning to open its doors to Hell Square this weekend.
Co-founded by Gaston Becherano and Theo Friedman, Bonsai Kakigori is a sweets spot centered around the history and culture of the namesake dessert (with roots that date back to the 11th century). Kakigori is a frozen treat with thin, fluffy layers of ice, homemade syrups, and premium toppings.
The store at 100 Stanton Street is the first brick-and-mortar for the business, which got its feet wet at the Canal Street Market in Chinatown.
It takes the spot held for five years by cafe El Rey, until its closure last November. It was done in by a rent hike; apparently owner Nick Morgenstern couldn’t strike an agreement with the landlord, and walked away.