An EVG tipster shares the following from 14th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue:
"At the end of October, I noticed construction guys at 321 E. 14th St. It has always been a vacant storefront. (I think there was a statue of a Virgin Mary in the window for awhile.) Anyway, imagine my surprise and glee when I read a pizza place was coming!"
Indeed, the work permits do show a "pizza restaurant" in the making...
Furthermore, the tipster said that the space will house Artichoke Basille's Pizza, the growing pizzeria empire that opened its first location nearly directly across 14th Street in 2008. Per the tipster, there's a "rent-hike scenario" brewing at the original location.
Approved work permits list the name of Francis Garcia, who founded Artichoke with his cousin Sal Basille, as the owner. (Public records lists an LLC with a Flushing address as the owner.)
The permits, approved in September, show the estimated build-out cost for the pizzeria at $72,750.
There are currently nine Artichoke locations, eight in NYC and one in Berkeley, Calif.