Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The for rent sign via landlord Icon Realty is up now at 67 First Ave.
Per the listing, the location at Fourth Street is "Perfect For: Restaurant, bar, clothing store, salon, and all general retail uses."
It was a perfect location for Guayoyo, the family-owned Venezuelan restaurant. On the morning of Jan. 13, 2015, a fire broke out in the basement of the building. In a follow-up inspection, Con Ed discovered a gas leak at the address.
In April 2015, an employee said they hoped to have the restaurant reopened soon. That never happened as repairs and red tape ensued with the landlord and Con Ed. (Read more about the situation here.) As we understand it, Guayoyo vacated the lease in August ... 20 months after the fire.
The husband-wife team who owned Guayoyo previously ran Kura Sushi at the address, which dates to 1988.
A message posted on Guayoyo's Facebook page on Aug. 30 reads in part: "Unfortunately we are forced to close the doors despite the efforts made to ensure its reopening during this year and a half of forced closure due to circumstances beyond our control."
The asking rent for the storefront is $20,000 per month.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Guayoyo has been closed now for 1 year