‘Friedmans’ Eyes Seward Park for Latest Outpost

Posted on: September 29th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Friedmans, the local comfort food chain, has eyes for Seward Park. Specifically, the commercial space formerly occupied by Randall’s Barbecue.

Indeed, it appears that 357 Grand Street – vacant since May – could be restaurant number eight for the Friedmans crew.

Owner Alan Phillips is listed on the October docket of Community Board 3 to apply for the requisite full liquor license.

Friedmans is a misnomer of sorts. With the ring of a classic family luncheonette, these locales aren’t so much. The joint was actually named for famous economist Milton Friedman, who popularized the phrase, “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Phillips founded the first eatery eleven years ago in the Chelsea Market. It made front-page news in 2017, after taking over the famous Cafe Edison in Times Square.

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