Wednesday, November 10, 2021

First look at Lil' Frankies Grocery on 1st Avenue

Workers have removed the plywood from outside the under-renovation 21 First Ave., offering the first look at East Village restaurateur Frank Prisinzano's personally curated grocery store that will be opening in the weeks ahead.

Lil' Frankies Grocery is steps away from Prisinzano's Lil' Frankie's restaurant between First Street and Second Street. 

We first reported on this back in March. Here's an excerpt from that post, based on a series of Instagram Stories by Prisinzano:
"I've always wanted to have a grocery store. I've always wanted to curate all my own products," said Prisinzano, who also owns and operates EV mainstays Frank on Second Avenue and Supper on Second Street. "It will be a curated list of products that I use and recommend. Nothing will be on the shelves that I don't personally love." 

He plans on having a deli case inside the new shop to sell sandwiches ... with a vertical slicer for prosciutto. He's also thinking about offering homemade gelato and sorbet — similar to what his restaurants have on the dessert menus. Other amenities will include a 20-foot table to host private parties catered by the shop. 

"I'm going to keep it real simple, real Italian and real fresh," he said.
The grocery's Instagram account is currently listing an opening for this month.

The retail space was previously Fineline Tattoo, which is now located in a private studio.  


Anonymous said...

This guy seems like a handful. However I just had Lil Frankies the other night, and I must say, they still got it. Frank restaurants always feature top notch ingredients, so we should celebrate this new enterprise.

Anonymous said...

Love Frankies and Frank’s. Glad they are expanding! Viva E Village