In some positive-for-a-change local restaurant news, the owners of Foxface recently started renovations at their new storefront at 189 Avenue A between 11th Street and 12th Street.
East Village residents Ori Kushnir and Sivan Lahat, who opened the hit sandwich shop at Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place in late 2018, will keep that outpost.
At 189 Avenue A, they're planning on Foxface Provisions — a smokehouse, tasting room and preservation commissary. (Read more about it here.)
During the start of the renovations, Kushnir reported finding some remains of a previous tenant — Vampire Freaks (RIP 2012)!
Most recently, 189 Avenue A was home to Harry & Ida's Meat and Supply Co.
So excited for this! Their provisions during the height of the pandemic here were outstanding and we can't wait for this next chapter. They are such amazing people and we wish them all the best!
I really miss Vampire Freaks. It's not that I have anything against sandwiches, but goths are my people.
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What is a "preservation commissary"? Enquiring minds want to know.
Glad to see a local business with character taking over the Harry & Ida's spot (RIP pastrami sandwich).
Three good ideas. (Harry's & Ida's was good but it never felt like a good deal.)
Wish you well.
This is going to be so great. Foxface just feels like the home team -- their food is fantastic, service is better and everything coming out of the kitchen is tasty and interesting! I can't wait for this new space to open up.
If you haven't been there for dinner yet, go now before it gets too cold!
But they're not doing their fabulous sandwiches anymore, just for lunch. Is it still a NY Times one star sandwich shop, or is it a restaurant now?
I'd like to see Orchard Grocer move into a bigger space.
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