Roberta's is opening a full-service restaurant on Avenue A due to debut in the spring.
According to the Commercial Observer, who first reported the news yesterday, Roberta's signed a 15-year lease for the 1,300 square-foot retail space at 15 Avenue A between First Street and Second Street.
And per the Observer:
“Both residents and destination diners in the East Village will be excited by this long-awaited expansion of a beloved brand,” Lee & Associates’ Jaime Schultz said in a statement. “Situated right where the East Village meets the Lower East Side, this new Roberta’s location is guaranteed to see lines every day of the week.”
Roberta's got its start in Bushwick in 2008. As Eater noted, Roberta's has been on an expansion kick, with openings in several food halls, and adding two locations in Los Angeles and one in Williamsburg ... not to mention its frozen pizza business.
Updated 2 p.m.
Grub Street has more details...
[C]hef-owner Carlo Mirarchi has confirmed to Grub that they’ll be opening what he calls Roberta’s Wine Bar. In an email, he writes that there will be wines “from some of our favorite producers. Lots of mags, lots of fun.”
The retail space at 15 Avenue A was previously the Family Dental Center, which moved down to Essex Street in 2017. The retail listing at the time noted that this would be a "great location" for a restaurant.
Meanwhile, there are approved plans (as of Aug. 6) on file with the city for a gut renovation and extension of the currently vacant building. No. 15 will receive two new floors, moving from four to six... with five residential units (likely condos) in the making.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Former Avenue A dental center is 'great location for restaurant'