as Eater first reported.
The story quickly unfolded in the ensuing 24 hours… turns out the landlord was jacking the rent up to $50,000 a month from $30,000, per Fork in the Road.
Yesterday afternoon, East Village-based Liquiteria emerged as the new tenant for the familiar corner of Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue. Eater, who has been All. Over. This. Story. ... quoted from the chirpy Liquiteria news release: "Liquiteria's new West Village location, at the iconic corner of 8th Street and 6th Avenue, is the former location of legendary Gray's Papaya. Liquiteria is excited to create a health and wellness oasis on this vibrant corner in the dynamic West Village neighborhood."
The quickly expanding Liquiteria also announced that it would open a new location on Fourth Avenue and East 13th Street this spring. We originally heard from a Fourth Avenue tipster that the former Brothers Deli and Dryden Gallery spaces would become a Juice Generation and Pie Face.
Well, Pie Face opened in October … so perhaps Liquiteria is opening in the Dryden space… or, perhaps, in the now-vacant Blimpie location on the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and East 13th Street.
Liquiteria's flagship store is on Second Avenue at East 11th Street.
[Image via Eater]