As you probably know, 9th Street Bakery is closing. Owners Oleg and Tetyana Kucherenko have said that they can't afford the 38 percent rent hike that the landlord is requesting with a new lease. They've been on a month-to-month rent arrangement until the landlord found a new tenant.
Word came down on May 15 that the couple needed to be out in the next few weeks.
And now: Sunday is their last day.
A bakery has stood here the past 87 years. Word is that a juice/smoothie shop will take over the space here just west of First Avenue.
Updated 3:13 p.m.
Marc Yearsley at Gothamist spoke to Oleg today.
"[It's got] nothing to do about rent, it's about business. It can't be generalized because the neighborhood in this spot really changed. Changed so much," he explained. "I have maybe 5% of my customers left. I was fighting until the end, but it was already bad a year ago."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader report: 9th St. Bakery is closing after 87 years (59 comments)
For further reading:
After 87 Years, Saying Goodbye to Ninth Street Bakery in the East Village (The Village Voice)
9th Street Bakery (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)
My Mom and Pop: 9th Street Bakery (Off the Grid)