We reported the surprising news earlier this year that Danny Meyer’s iconic Union Square Café has lost its lease due to increasingly high rents, and will be closing next year. Well, that day is finally here. The Commercial Observer reported that the Union Square Café space has officially been put on the market, and could be repossessed as early as March.
The listing notes that this is the first time in 30 years that this space will be available, and includes 6,600 square feet spread over the ground floor, mezzanine, lower level, and second floor. The space can be combined with 31 Union Square West, which is home to the similarly iconic Blue Water Grill.
Luckily for Union Square Cafe fans, Danny Meyer has emphasized that they will re-open the restaurant and do not plan on changing the name or the concept of the original eatery. In September, The Daily Meal reported on speculation that Danny Meyer may have found the new home for USC at 7 Bryant Park uptown, where he recently applied for two liquor licenses.
We have reached out to Danny Meyer for comment, but have not yet received a response.
EDIT: “We are actively searching for a new location for Union Square Cafe, ideally within a stroll of the Union Square Greenmarket," Sam Lipp, Managing Partner of Union Square Cafe, toldf The Daily Meal. "It is our intention to remain at 21 East 16th Street to celebrate Union Square Cafe’s 30th anniversary in October, and through the length of our lease which ends on December 31, 2015.”
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