Siblings Ilias, Vanessa and Anna Iliopoulos have decided to give up their Fresco space at 138 Second Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street.
A for-rent sign arrived on the storefront late last week. (The sign disappeared over the weekend.)
As you may recall, the family — citing a decline in business during the pandemic — temporarily shut down their 8-year-old gelateria-cafe and returned to their native Greece last October.
They had hoped to reopen in January, but those plans didn't materialize with the surge in COVID cases and continued limits on indoor service.
However, Ilias will be back in New York City next month to hunt for a new home for Fresco. In an email, he told EVG correspondent Steven that they will be looking exclusively at spaces downtown. Hopefully, they will land back in the East Village.
Photo by Steven