update: the owner of Papa & Sons says he's meeting with the landlord at 2PM today in a fourth quarter attempt to keep his space.
It would appear that the much maligned (or misunderstood if you prefer) landlord of 534 Flatbush (a/k/a Papa & Sons-Enduro-Lincoln Park Tavern-Blue Roost-beguiling 2ndfloorloft) wants to start anew. She's put the whole building's retail space up for lease. Here's the website that proves it: Massey. Poke around on there and you'll come across the following pics, graphs and blueprints:
Such a wholesale change to Lincoln Road would be a major shock to the PLG eco-system. So I put in a few calls to people "in the know" and I'm finding that there are many passionate opinions about this most peculiar little confluence of Dominican grocery, burrito joint/dive bar, homey coffee shop. The facts are just beginning to emerge and I'd hate to get them wrong, but it would appear that trouble's a-brewin' faster than an espresso.
For those of you who remember K-Dog's saga, Gaby Rowe felt unfairly pressured and nickel-and-dimed by building owner Rong Ge to the point that she threw in the towel. Ge maintained that she had a right to negotiate terms with Gaby, and that Gaby simply wouldn't meet her requirements and balked at paying her fair share of taxes. Most neighborhood caffeine-addicts naturally sided with the affable shopkeep. It was a sad story, but certainly not unusual in the rough and tumble world of NY retail real estate. Sunrise, sunset...
But the listing above shows that stakes have risen considerably for the remaining tenants. Unless this is some kind of bargaining tactic by Ms. Ge, it would certainly appear that she intends to kick out all the current businesses, save perhaps newcomer Blue Roost with whom she only recently entered an arrangement. Though I gotta say it's pretty darn super clear from the blueprint above (dated as it is) that even the new kid on the block is on the chopping block. Note the word "immediate" next to "occupancy." Seems like a smooth talker with a decent bankroll could come in and kick 'em all out tomorrow if he wanted. So...leases must be up, or terms broken, or this would be a pretty cruel trick to play.
What gives? Were the Q an actual journalist, he'd have asked for comments from all the key players before going to bed. But he's tired, and this story seems way more complex than he bargained for. Suffice to say, something's fishy in Lefferts, and perhaps when the Q regains his wits he'll get closer to the bottom of things...stay tuned. Or as we say in Blogland, keep refreshing that browser.
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News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.