The now-former home of Bait & Hook is for lease on the northwest corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue.
EVG reader Jimmy reports that a "closed for renovations" sign arrived last week...
... followed by the arrival of the for rent sign on Friday. (And H/T Shiv and Pinch!)
Bait & Hook opened as an alleged seafood restaurant in September 2012.
Per the press release at the time:
Bait & Hook offers a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere where seafood is the star. Diners can enjoy a reasonably priced meal without compromising high-end, quality cuisine and service. Bait & Hook provides the perfect destination for a quick bite, affordable date or a group gathering, with something on the menu to please everyone in your party.
"We wanted to open a place that offered New Yorkers an affordable, casual dining experience, with the feel of a seafood shack but the taste of an ocean-side eatery," said Executive Chef Joe Bachman.
The space soon earned the nickname Bait & Switch via a few neighbors when the place became a sports bar (an Eagles gathering spot during the NFL season) and SantaCon stop.
There were signs on trouble early last year when the "closed for renovations" signs arrived along with a three-day rent demand from the landlord.
Before Bait & Hook, the space was the Meatball Factory then Hole Foods ... and before that! The Pizza Hut-Nathan's-Arthur Treacher's combo, which vanished in 2010...