[Photo by Steven]
The Bean's sudden departures from their spaces on First Avenue and Ninth Street and Second Avenue and Third Street on Nov. 24 took a lot of people by surprise. For starters, the coffee shops always looked crowded, and they have a loyal neighborhood following.
Owner Ike Escava told us the following: "Due to rising costs the decision to close was unfortunately the only one we could make."
Now the Second Avenue space is on the retail market. (There isn't a listing yet for the First Avenue storefront.) Here's more about 54 Second Ave. via the listing:
Amazing corner retail in the heart of the East Village. High ceilings and a no cooking infrastructure in place. Landlord will consider venting for a qualified operator. Great storage basement with walk-in, storage, etc. Very strong corner in great neighborhood. Potential for a sidewalk café and all uses are considered. Ideal for non-vented or vented food, fitness, bank, retail, salon/spa and many other types.
The asking rent is between $135 to $155 a square foot for the space, listed at 1,355 square feet.
The Bean opened here in December 2011.
The prime corner space was vacant for years, and home to the infamous "crazy landlord" who "must rent this store."
Previously on EV Grieve:
RIP Crazy Landlord sign
'Crazy Landlord' back to being crazy!
54 2nd Ave. has been sold
The 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue locations of the Bean closed for good yesterday