Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Future of 276 Elizabeth apparently doesn't include the Cafe Colonial

For lease signs have gone up on the southeast corner of Houston and Elizabeth above the cozy Cafe Colonial, which opened here in 1994.



Based on the listing, it appears the future of this corner is destined to become high-end retail ... the rendering of the rebranded corner -- 73 East Houston Street -- shows lots of shopping bags and some thighs and calves...



The listing mentions all the new and fancy things that the New Era of the Bowery has to offer:

NEIGHBORS: Whole Foods, DBGB, John Varvatos, Vince, Tory Burch, Calypso, Blue & Cream and the New Museum

COMMENTS:
• On the same block as the new Keith McNally’s - Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria Restaurant
• One block from Whole Foods
• Dense residential, seven day a week market
• Fantastic corner exposure


Is Cafe Colonial then the first victim in the McNallification of the neighborhood? It wasn't that long ago where Leonardo DiCaprio could be spotted here for brunch...

10 comments:

Jeremiah Moss said...

jesus, look at those scary people. aren't they leaving the city?

washingtonsquarepark said...

And everyone dressed up carrying multiple shopping bags! Fascinating - and scary - what thought went into creating this image. They are creating what they want. It all seems to have happened so fast in that specific area. (But maybe that's me...)


Cathryn.

EV Grieve said...

Hi Cathryn,

Thanks for the note. Creepy, indeed. And all the shoppers appear to be walking arm in arm... or at least touching.

dan said...

It also seems to involve the near-total extermination of the male sex.

Anonymous said...

I have a business on that block. It's sad to see this happen, but the rumors have been flying for months, probably since November. Most of the stores on that street are struggling, so the Mcnally effect is really effective only for McNally.

Lisa said...

They're all white, too, those little Stepford brats. Not too hard to guess the target audience the ad campaign is going after.

esquared said...

expect mcnally to take over billy's antique, too

EV Grieve said...

I'm with you, Esquared... Something ritzy is destined for that space....

~evilsugar25 said...

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Anonymous said...

this is the oldest building (circa 1820) in the area some people refer to as "nolita" and i believe it is the last federal, dormer roofed one in the little italy special historic district...

good luck getting those nice big wrap around windows approved!