Sunday, June 20

You can buy the famous Odessa diner on Avenue A off Craigslist right now

At first, we thought Odessa Restaurant—the enduring Ukrainian diner within the East Village and one of many final within the neighborhood to remain open 24/7—was closing for good. We had been then instructed that the shut down was going to be short-term and used for renovations. However now, the Avenue A vacation spot is formally up on the market—on Craigslist, out of all locations.

In line with the itemizing, potential consumers can snatch up the diner, which is supposedly in “turn-key circumstances,” for $400,000. Boasting 2,000-square-feet on the bottom degree and one other 2,000-square-feet within the basement, the area “can simply be transformed to different eating ideas with [a] full bar” and guarantees “vital progress and enlargement alternatives” given its “perfect location.” Not solely is the kitchen totally geared up and “in wonderful situation” however the basement options walk-in packing containers and freezers. Principally, Odessa is able to get again into enterprise.

So, why, precisely, is it up on the market? In line with Eater, after shutting it down final July as a result of pandemic and considering the potential of renovating whereas closed, the 100-seat restaurant’s former house owners determined as a substitute to retire. Jason Pilku, the dealer concerned with the sale, additionally instructed the web site that “a number of potential consumers” already reached out “trying to revive the storied diner.”

Beforehand owned by Steve Helios and Mike Skulikidis (who nonetheless owns the constructing), Odessa Restaurant opened again in 1994 as a companion to Odessa Bar, which closed again in 2013. 

An area favourite each throughout the day and at night time, the eatery served the form of Japanese European dishes that New Yorkers at all times experience—from kielbasa to pierogi—alongside extra conventional diner fare, like French toast and cheeseburgers.

Evidently, we’ll miss Odessa deeply. We anticipate to mourn its loss whereas munching on meals at different East Village late-night locations like Veselka and Punjabi Deli.