Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Just desserts for Seventh Street?

Yesterday, I mentioned that Butter Lane Cupcakes will be opening soon at 123 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. Last night, I noticed the previously vacated (and seemingly short-lived) Italian cafe Affettati at 131 E. Seventh St. ...



...will be home to the forthcoming East Village Pie Lounge.




The sign on the door promises everything from Apple to Pecan to Banana Cream Coconut pie -- for $5.25 a slice. Now this stretch of Seventh Street already counts the Chocolate Bar at 127 as a tenant (since June).

[Deathly silence]

So that's the Chocolate Bar. And Pie Lounge. Can we expect, say, the Tapioca Tavern in the vacant store front at 125 E. Seventh St.?

6 comments:

Marlie said...

Ev Grieve--the Tapioca Tavern--that's funny--

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, Marlie! Think we just gave someone an idea?

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain to me this absolute fixation yunnie culture has with desserts? Frozen yogurt, cupcakes, rice pudding, pie, chocolate, soft serve (see http://gothamist.com/2008/11/10/what_to_expect_at_the_momofuku_milk.php), etc. Just what is going on here? Where is my neighborhood bread bakery, my shoe repair, my hardware store, et.al. Yeah - I know the answer...the rents that the greedy landlords are demanding mean that only a very high markup business ($6 for a slice of pie or a small frozen yogurt?!?!) can survive.

EV Grieve said...

Wish I had an answer for you, anonymous...

Maybe this is all some big plot being carried out by the The American Diabetes Association.

Jill said...

Now if you know me you know I LOVE pie. Really and truly love pie. But over $5 a slice? Do you get 1/4 of the pie for that? That is absolute larceny. I can't believe anybody would pay that, even if you are on a permanent staycation and splurging. You can make a fabulous apple pie at home in minutes for under $5 including a frozen crust from Associated, in your toaster oven.

Anonymous said...

I moved to the East Village over a dozen years ago, and it was already gentrified (i.e. there were already investment bankers living here), so I guess I don't understand why having places for dessert is a bad thing. And who doesn't know where to find hardware stores in the EV? Clearly that person doesn't live here.