And it looks as if there is room for two storefronts here...
Ike Escava confirmed last night that the Bean, as we first reported, will be taking the front part of the space on the corner... he said that he did not know who the other tenant would be...
Regardless, there are always rumors... last fall a reader heard that a bar was taking the other part of the space. (This tidbit from the always reliable construction worker!)
The for rent banner that went up in August 2010 did tout this as restaurant space... so this is certainly a possibility...
According to the listings at Icon Realty Management, the second space is still available. The space is 700 square feet with an asking price of $7,000 per month. Per the listing (PDF):
[A] brand new fully gut renovated building, in the heart of the East Village is close by to the collegiate environment of the nearby universities. This new space with a floor to ceiling frameless glass storefront is perfect for all retail or a restaurant.
The upper levels will soon be home to nice apartments.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Rumors: Ground floor at 147 First Avenue will include the Bean AND a bar
Ninth Street and First Avenue shocker: Motel ... Hello?
Blockbuster: 147 First Ave. set for demolition