Friday, July 11, 2014
Snack Dragon proprietor Josephine Jansen broke the news to us yesterday. Her eclectic sliver of a taco stand and hangout at 199 E. Third St. just west of Avenue B will close for good on July 31.
A familiar reason and a familiar figure are behind the impending closure.
"[Landlord Steve] Croman wants to triple the rent to $3,900 for 100 square feet of public space and a tiny basement," she said. "They will not negotiate the lease."
For now, the Williamsburg Snack Dragon will remain open.
Snack Dragon opened nearly 10 years ago around the corner on Avenue B, in a vacant smoothie stand outside Ben's Deli. Jansen inexplicably ran afoul of the East Village Nightlife Task Force and had to close. She moved into her current space in August 2006.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Watch a lot of people speak out against Steve Croman and 9300 Realty