[Photo by Vinny & O from Sept. 14]
After two-and-a-half years in business, Chef Wylie Dufresne closed Alder, his well-regarded bistro at 157 Second Ave., at the end of August.
As far as we understand, Dufresne never provided a reason for the closure, which took some fine-food watchers by surprise. (Eater, who first reported the news on Aug. 3, theorized that "it sounds like a rent hike might have something to do with it.")
Now the space between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street is on the market. Here are details via the listing at Sinvin:
• Gorgeous, brand new, custom, million dollar renovation built for a Michelin chef
• Fully built and equipped restaurant
• Full 2 am liquor license to be transferred
• Vibrant late night neighborhood in the heart of the East Village on the best block of Second Avenue
• 56 seats plus 15 at the bar and outdoor seating for 16
• Formerly Alder
8.5 years (possible extension to 10 years)
Commission is co-broke of 16% of the key money
Well, there will likely be plenty of commenters to take exception to the listing saying that this stretch here is "the best block of Second Avenue."
No. 157 was previously the address for several restaurants before Alder opened in the spring of 2013, including Plum … and Cafe Brama.