Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Marshal seizes Lumé, another restaurant that couldn't make East 8th Street and Avenue C work



The Marshal paid a visit yesterday to Lumé, the "Epicurean drinkery" on Avenue C at East Eighth Street. EVG regular Dave on 7th happened by when workers were changing the locks on the doors.



The restaurant had just been advertising for bartenders and waitstaff.

Lumé seemingly came out of nowhere this past spring, taking over for the short-lived Life - Kitchen and Bar, which had taken over Verso, perhaps best known for a topless diner encounter.

Anyway, it has been tough going on this corner when you factor in the previous restaurants — Caffe Pepe Rosso and later Caffe Cotto — in the past five or so years.

And once upon a time it was a bakery … which apparently Iggy Pop frequented for cake and strong coffee



Another bakery would be nice.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bakery would be nice. Wishful thinking, though.

ShutUpHooker said...

Why would the Marshall lock them out? Non Payment of rent or taxes owed to the city?

Gojira said...

Yeah that place had greet Puerto Rican coffee, very strong and sweet, and the people who worked there were lovely. It's been gone for years but I still miss it.

rick said...

Let's just ask Iggy what should replace the joint.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the good out days of pan de queso! Yeah! Hot bread, Puerto Rican style! And cafe con leche! Nothing like it; nothing since. There was an earlier version at 7th & C in the old bank building on the corner. This was when Bustelo, and not Starbucks, ruled.

There's one Italian bakery left that makes daily (in a neighborhood that once had about FIVE Italian bakeries and pastry shops between Houston and 14 St on First Avenue alone), and that one's out of the way on Elizabeth St (which probably saved it). Everything else is trucked in.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

I had a great meal here when it was called Verso. It was pricey but the food was very good and the ambience was nice. Haven't been to any of the new iterations though.

Anonymous said...

Yes, also wondering the reason behind this. That marshal notice is too blurry for my tired eyes.

Scuba Diva said...

Pedro Bakery (Coffee Bustelo) was the best. Even when it became Roberta's Bakery it was still in the ballpark.

Sad that they can't just make it back into a Puerto Rican bakery; the former home of Slug's (242 East 3rd street, next to the post office) is now called Rossy's Bakery, after having been "A Real Good Plumber" for several years.

A Real Good Plumber has since moved out to Brooklyn.

DAVID MOORE said...

??does anyone remember a restaurant on ave c in the 80s , maybe early 90s [at 9th , i think ] , it was the first ''yuppie'' place that far east , with the windows painted white halfway , limousines parked outside

Dave on 7th said...

@david moore. It was called Bernard's and it was a french restaurant when nothing like it was around. Don't think it actually lasted more than a couple of years and limousine's is probably a slight exaggeration. Though I'm sure there was an occasional one.

DAVID MOORE said...

thank u , dave on 7th ......... ur correct , its all coming back ........ and there were limousines pulling up and then waiting .... it was when ''slumming ioy was trulySLUMMING-IT'' .... AVE C was desolate and empty and the site of luxury towncars on that street was a shock ...........do u also remem ber GOLD BAR .. 10TH AND ST , around there , a very austere , storefront bar

Anonymous said...

when i lived on 6th between C and D back in '83-'85, the one drinking establishment was Marvin's on 10th, across from those senior citizen high rises. the old folks would drink in there until one a.m. or so. i remember one night when the lady behind the bar stopped us from walking out, saying 'there's going to be shooting soon.' she pulled down the gate, and sure enough, about a half dozen shots, none of which seemed to hit anyone.