Friday, April 22, 2016
East Village Cheese Shop opened in its new home on Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue last Sept. 29.
The shop's lease at 40 Third Ave. between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street was up at the end of last July, with its former neighbor Duane Reade apparently moving into the adjacent storefronts.
Based on reader comments ... and conversations with friends and neighbors, people were pleased that the store was able to stay in the neighborhood, albeit in a smaller space.
However, a few people who shop here regularly have concerns about its financial health. Per an EVG reader: "East Village Cheese went back to cash only and the minimum counter order went up to half a pound from a quarter-pound."
The reader feels as if these are bad signs... along with the fact that there's rarely anyone in the store upon the reader's visits...
The shop is usually also empty when I stop in ... and it certainly lacks the energy of the Third Avenue space. Another EVG reader felt similarly about St. Mark's Bookshop moving from Third Avenue to East Third Street .. the the store just lost something in the new location on a side street.
Said the Cheese Shop regular: "I would be so sad to lose it after the long wait for it to reopen."
A few people asked about this. The owners Thupten Tenphel and Lobbing Tsultrim, who are from Tibet, worked at the shop... and bought it from owner Alvin Kaufman when he retired in 2005.
Thanks to Steven for the photos!
Previously on EV Grieve:
Rumors: Duane Reade expansion will take over adjacent storefronts, including East Village Cheese (74 comments)
[Updated] Confirmed: East Village Cheese will be moving to Avenue A later this year
East Village Cheese makes move to 7th Street official
[Updated] Work starts on new home of the East Village Cheese Shop
Looking at the incoming East Village Cheese shop on East 7th Street