Friday, December 22, 2017

[Updated] Someone is inside East Village Cheese



EVG reader Steph shared this photo from around 1:15 this afternoon... you can't quite tell from the photo, but the front door is open at the East Village Cheese shop, 80 Seventh St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

There's an unconfirmed report from a tipster on the block that the landlord (or landlord rep) is inside the storefront assessing the situation.

As reported yesterday, the shop has been closed for two weeks — and the electricity has been shut off during that time. No one has seen any member of the Cheese staff these past two weeks.

Meanwhile, the aroma of ripe cheese is now noticeable in adjacent spaces. (A commenter on the Fox News story on the EV Cheese suggested that "the smell is the filthy, disgusting liberals living on the sidewalk and alley.")

One reader is particularly concerned about any unpasteurized and raw-milk cheese products that might have been left unrefrigerated and in the open air. (You can read the FDA's statement on this here.)

Updated


[Photo by Derek Berg]

Co-owner Lobsang Tsultrim was spotted at the storefront later in the afternoon... there was also a Remove All My Junk truck parked in front of the store.

Not sure what the next steps are. For now, Yelp is listing the shop as Permanently Closed.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whether a cheese is pasteurized or not would have little bearing on it's ability to be healthful for consumption after sitting at room temperature or higher for any length of time. No cheese would be pleasant to consume and in fact potentially dangerous when held outside of ideal conditions for this length of time, pasteurized or not.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe it's a very LARGE and SUPER Strong and FAMISHED Rat?

Gojira said...

"...the smell is the filthy, disgusting liberals living on the sidewalk and alley" - holy cow, really? We're in even more trouble as a country than I had imagined...

Anonymous said...

I just clicked on the Fox News link. Some of the comments must be from the same people who attend Trump rallies. Truly frightening but expected on Fox. I will never be tempted to click on a Fox link again. There sure are a lot of people out there who think we liberals are the devil incarnate. Feel blessed to be an East Villaget

Eden Bee said...

Liberals LOVE bad cheese. FACT.
Actually that's what Hillary's emails were about.
Provolone.

The Sound Blue Flames Make said...

The funny thing is -- "former Tibetan Monks" (as Fox News reports), or not -- I believe at the time of the 2016 Presidential election the owners supported Trump.

The store certainly appears to be doing an intentional bunk. First, big sales just before Thanksgiving followed by (1) not receiving a cheese delivery (why? did they pay for the previous one?), (2) phone disconnected, (3) electricity off... all leaving their neighbors and former customers with lingering rat-charming cheese fart.

A sad -- and disrespectful -- way to go...

Anonymous said...

Is it the Pied Piper stocking up to go to Crusty Row

Anonymous said...

Don't ever read the comments on FOX or the NY Post pages. You will lose all hope in humanity.

Anonymous said...

Bill had toe cheese, according to “that woman”.

DrGecko said...

There aren't any alleys near there, and scarcely any in the city.

The idea of Fox comment writer not knowing what their talking about is ... not particularly shocking.

Anonymous said...

Fox News is exclusively for the hard right, the not so bright and trolls who blame everyone but themselves for their misfortunes. I never click on a Fox link unless I want to lose all hope for the survival of the human race.

Glenn said...

Rather amusing to see people reacting as if a uranium processing facility had been left abandoned. It's just old food, hons, chill the eff out.

cmarrtyy said...

It's sad how politicised our country has become that we think cheese is an issue right up there with the new tax-attack law.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of scumbags for letting the cheese go (pun intended.)

They couldn't give it to City Harvest when it was good?

What a waste of food.

Good riddance to this place if it is indeed closed permanently.)

Anonymous said...

Past few years the quality dived. I avoided. Nothing like buying feta or marinated mushrooms and having them taste...off. I do miss as it was in its heyday on 3rd Ave.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 23 Dec 5:29, I agree that I wish that the owners had been able to donate to City Harvest. But it looks as if they were buoyed by the thought that things were somehow going to work out until they . . . didn't. Being forced out of Third Avenue seems to have rolled the snowball downhill. I have no personal knowledge of the internal workings of the business, of course, but I never caught a whiff of unkindness or scumbaggery about it. I'll miss this local business.

Anonymous said...

5:29 back here @ 11:01am

They could've donated the cheese to City Harvest regardless. If the place isn't open and the food is still good, you don't let it go to waste, you donate it.

It's a waste of food which is a scumbag thing to do because all it takes is one call to City Harvest to tell them you have food to donate.

Anonymous said...

What is sad about this story is that for all of the talk of East Village mom and pop shops and how important they are to the character of the neighborhood, no one who has posted here and in the earlier thread (with perhaps the exception of one person) knew the names of the Tibetans who owned the store nor did anyone have any personal contact with them. No one seems to have been that friendly with any of the owners that they could supply accurate information (in the place of lots of theorizing and demonizing). So much for the mom and pop concept as an ideal.

Gojira said...

Anon. 10:56 - the difference is, mom and pop stores used to be staffed by - mom and pop, always there, never changing, so of course you knew them by name. The times I went to EV Cheese, the owners were never there, and the folks behind the counter were different every time.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:56 am I don’t think it’s reasonable to say that based on the comments here. It’s not as if absolutely everyone in the neighborhood is represented by the comments here. This is a really small, self-selected sample of people familiar with the place.

Anonymous said...

Will miss this shop tremendously and the lovely Tibetan people who ran it. So sad.