The hot rumor making the rounds this past Saturday was that Bleecker Bob's had a deal in place to move to a storefront on East Ninth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. Per a Facebook update last week, Bleecker Bob's had a bid on space here.
However, it's not a done deal. Ski, an assistant manager at Bleecker Bob's, provided an update. This is from Sunday night.
"Unfortunately, it's been a long ongoing process," he said of the East Ninth Street space. "At first, we were told everything should be fine and that Bleecker Bob's was the only client to be pushed for the space based on our years of business and our willingness to sign a 10-year lease."
Regardless, the wait continues for now. We exchanged emails again yesterday with Ski. Still waiting for the lease. In the meantime, Ski was busy scouting other possible locations in the East Village and on the Lower East Side.
Bleecker Bob's has also launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise $6,500. Per Indiegogo:
Many people have offered assistance with moving expenses, relocation/storage expenses and renovation costs for our new location. So many of our friends have offered to help in so many different ways that we figured we'd bring everyone together in one spot with one goal in mind, TO REOPEN THE STORE!!!
The 46-year-old Bleecker Bob's closed last Saturday to make way for a Forever Yogurt chain.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[UPDATED] Let's help Bleecker Bob's find space in the East Village
Bleecker Bob's is for rent
Bleecker Bob's won't be moving to the East Village — or anywhere else, for that matter
Bleecker Bob's have a bid on space in the East Village