The building was slated to be demolished, along with a former horse stable built in the 1880s, for a tax-supported, 10-story luxury condo made of wood, from SHoP, architects of the Barclays Center. Then the restaurant’s former space showed up for rent.
A deli called Chelsea Square Market has opened in La Lunchonette’s former space.
So the buildings get to live another day and the space isn’t sitting empty, contributing to high-rent blight. It didn’t turn into a chain store, either. But if I had to guess, I’d say the market’s lease is likely short, that it’s a temporary place-holder until the developers figure out what to do with their parcel.
And doesn’t it seem a waste? All this time, La Lunchonette could have remained in business.