After a seven-alarm fire broke out in the East Village following a gas explosion earlier this spring, beloved Belgian-style fry purveyor Pommes Frites, along with a few other neighborhood restaurants, was destroyed. Two people died and dozens were injured. Months after the tragedy, Pommes Frites is rising again like a comfort food phoenix. According to DNA Info, the restaurant has found a new location in Greenwich Village, leaving its 18-year East Village home for good.
Before the restaurant was deemed beyond repair, The Daily Meal was poised to crown Pommes Frites with the honor of America’s Best French Fries. Due to the unusual circumstances, however, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room’s outstanding “thrice-cooked chips” took home the prize. But now Pommes Frites will be back in business by the fall, and will be organizing an Indiegogo Campaign to make that happen.
Longtime customers will no doubt express consternation that Pommes Frites will be leaving the East Village, but owners Omer Shorshi and Suzanne Levinson said that they could not find an affordable spot in the neighborhood. The new space is located at 28 MacDougal Street near Washington Square, and it’s considerably larger than their former digs. Pommes Frites will also be applying for a wine and beer license, although the owners say it will not become a bar.