Thursday, November 17, 2016

An early look at FryGuysNYC coming soon to 2nd Street

Text and photos by Stacie Joy

Marco Lanuto and McKenzie Foster, East Village residents partnered in business and in life, plan on opening their 1970s-inspired retro fry shop FryGuysNYC with a touch of grit, glitter, rainbows and an affordable menu at 150 E. Second St. between Avenue A and Avenue B by the end of the year.

FryGuysNYC will sell meals for less than $10, with main courses such as fried chicken and brisket alongside a large variety of french fries and toppings. (The store also plans on offering dessert fries, such as caramel-infused tater tots with chocolate and sea salt, topped with marshmallow drizzle.)

The recently completed mural next to the storefront (formerly a short-lived vape shop, and prior to that, a Vietnamese sandwich shop) is by artist Theresa Kim, who works under the name Resa_Piece. The owners have given Kim a one-year residency at the shop. In addition, Mosaic Man Jim Power is set to decorate the storefront with his work, and plans are in place for a floor made out of old vinyl records and a ceiling hung with lighted disco balls.

The restaurant’s hours are to be determined, but Lanuto and Foster want to be open for breakfast through late-night snacking. They said they will eventually apply for a beer/wine license and offer $3 beers like PBR.


Anonymous said...

I'm into it. Classic weird LES shit. Just don't appeal only to the filthy, littering, stoop pissin drunkards I beg you. Good luck!

cmarrtyy said...

Affordable is the word here. Too many businesses think that the consumer have unlimited resources. We don't. That's why the list of Dead Businesses grows by the day. Good luck! Your place sounds cool.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time getting past that baby acid trip painting, at least they left the unicorn off it.

Anonymous said...

Most children have no idea about art or what kind of food is healthy for them. Just sayin'

Anonymous said...

5:23PM, Look again, the pink kitty IS the unicorn!

Anonymous said...

Must check them out. Sounds good.

Unknown said...

What happened to these guys? I live across the street and have seen no activity in the space at all, and the mural is now gone too.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

What happened was she was arrested for smashing a bottle over someone's head at an Air BnB. Allegedly. Looks like the opening will be delayed. From the Daily News"

Armani Murrell went to a Chelsea loft for his girlfriend’s 21st birthday party on May 17, but before he could even get in the door, he and several friends — including the guest of honor — were told “we don’t want your kind here” by several people who called them “ f-----g n-----s.”

Before the attack ended, Murrell, 22, was smashed on the head with a glass bottle and arrested, along with his alleged assailant, a Manhattan restaurant owner who unwittingly rented the spacious apartment to a group of black partygoers and their mixed-race and Asian friends.

Now, Murrell wants the alleged attack on him classified as a hate crime, saying his group was denied entry into the apartment they rented, and then assaulted because they were black.

“They were immediately aggressive as we were going up the stairs,” said Murrell, who arrived around 10 p.m. to join guests who were already at the party. “He said ‘Move you f-----g n-----s. We don’t want your kind here. Get out.’ ”

Murrell said he almost fell down the stairs after getting pushed. While he tried to get his balance, he said, he was bashed in the head with a bottle.

“Of course, I believe this was racial,” Murrell said. “As soon as he realized we were black, he definitely had a problem. He right away said, ‘You guys are not welcomed here,’ and said racial slurs.”

At the other end of the wine bottle, according to police and witnesses, was McKenzie Foster, 25, a real estate agent and restaurant owner who collected $975 for the one-night rental.

While Marco Lanuto, 22, was shoving Murrell and spewing racial epithets at the W. 20th St. loft, Foster struck Murrell in the head with the bottle, Murrell said.