Photos by Stacie Joy
Panya, the Japanese bakery at 8 Stuyvesant St., closed for good on Saturday evening, marking the fourth and last of the businesses owned by Yoshida Restaurant Group to shut down here between Ninth Street and Third Avenue.
Village Yokocho, Angel's Share and Sunrise Mart have shuttered in recent weeks. Cooper Union, which leases the buildings from their owners and had subleased them to the Yoshida Restaurant Group for more than 25 years, said it was the tenants' decision to move on. (This post has more background.)
Miss you already, Panya!
We'll miss y'all - The Logo always made me smile when I walked by
Loved those rice balls on the go!
I feel so bad for the long term employees that are mentioned in the article. It's sad losing these places that are so familiar.
Ah time, always full of surprises.
I will miss those spicy curry pans they sold. Thank you Panya
Apparently they haven't paid rent for 2 years. Where are all the people who took shots at Cooper Union?
I moved out of here last December. It is for the better. Thanks Sunrise, Panya, Yokocho and Angel's Share.
So many memories and delicious lunches. Will miss ya dearly.
I used to love this place and Sunrise Mart! I just found out about this, was going to go there today! Where will I get my potato croquette bread now!?
Are the bakers at Panya working somewhere else? I still haven't wrapped my head around the fact that I may never get their raisin, white, and Danish bread ever again. No place else even comes close! Please open up again!
I wouldn't be surprised if the owners decided to pack it in. I have heard that the Japanese population in NYC (and the US in general) is fast declining. Many including myself and my friends, have returned to Japan. I would think that the owners of the group decided to take profits.
It is a shame however, because when I lived in NYC I used to go to Panya and get great baked goods. Sunrise Mart was also a great help to me. I am sorry to hear that others will not be able to enjoy these shops.
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