It seems that when things change in the new New York, they change en masse. Soon, much of the eastern block of 1st Ave between 7th and 8th Streets is going to be transformed.
La Casalinga, which closed in February, has already been rented and is on its way to becoming a German sausage takeout joint called Eichstatt. I heard that the owner, who is from Germany, will be feeding us with Schaller & Weber products.
As I covered recently, next to the sausage place is the revived International Bar, where we'll be welcome to enjoy our takeout bratwurst with a can of Schaefer, and two doors up from the International, replacing Cosmos Parcels, will be La Rokara, a jazz cafe that promises to be neighborhood-friendly.
Dearly departed butcher shop, Kurowycky Meats, is still rumored to be transformed into a high-end restaurant, probably by celeb chef Jonathan Waxman. Just in time, the place is up for full liquor license approval this month, not under the name "Meat," as rumored, but "Penmanship" at 124 1st Ave.
What would you like to see in Kurowycky's place?