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718 FranklinThis traditional bodega looks like it is getting a major upgrade.
Construction guy says nothing will be kept, and that it will be upscale when it returns in a few weeks.
Are the same people coming back or new ones? I was told by a neighbor that the Dominicans had been priced out....I always liked them and would be sad to see them go.
Being that today is the 1st of the month, it would not surprise me if the tenants were new.
Construction guy was not interviewed well by me....
Wow. This block will soon be completely gentrified.
Oh no. Where will I get my cheap tall boys of Coors Light?
Well, the owner (Maria) and her husband have reportedly already opened a replacement location in Bed Stuy.
...but I am sure you don't need to go that far for Coors light.
just to give readers some perspective, here is what the storefront next door, 720, used to look like, and looks like now:
Rumors are swirling that this former bodega, located on a really high profile corner in a neighborhood that will be EVEN MORE DIFFERENT A YEAR FROM NOW, may become a bank branch. I do not know how valid these rumors are.
...anyone know the owner of this building?
Update: A friend who knows the owner states that it is going to return as more upscale bodega/deli, one which is actually operated by the owners of the building. It is not going to be a bank.
Oh, that's good, it was/is one of the few bodegas on my way to the train.
Have any of you posters that are around Franklin during the day, witnessed construction on this storefront since it was cleaned out?
It does not seem to be listed on any realty site, which makes the account I heard from my friend about the owners taking it over and doing something with it themselves, seem credible.
^ walked by mid-afternoon today and the door was open, the northern wall was stripped down to bare brick, and there was work going on inside.
bare brick definitely doesn't make me think "bank branch"
Has had anyone had a chance to look in on thier progess recently?
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Sept 20: I got a chance to look in today. It seems as if a new cement floor has been poured, in addition to exposing the brick.
But they didn't say what they were going to make? My money is on "slightly nicer bodega"
oops you already confirmed that's what it was going to be. Well, I stand by my prediction then.
I hope it has a lot of take out, prepared foods.
I would also like a few stools, so eating inside while looking out the window is possible.
October 13, 2013
Display shelving was being assembled and trucked in today.
Lots of fun with Birch plywood!
My favorite conspiracies are the ones that come up unexpectedly from really kind, genuine neighborhood people that you already chat with. It starts off like "why yes, this weather sure is great", and "oh sorry, go ahead and pet him, my dog is really friendly", and "oh, that's good that the deli is open so late" and then you're like "man, I guess I didn't know that about the Jews".
This version of it has only been open a year.I assume you loved the prior green awning version that came before it (seen on far right of photo)
Quizno's would never generate the kind of sales needed to pay the rent and bills.