Jefferson Market, long closed and almost reopened rather mysteriously after agonizing weeks of slowly emptying shelves and sorrowful signage, announced its Grand Opening for today, Friday the 13th, at 8:00 AM.
Not a good day for friggatriskaidekaphobiacs--though it's fortuitous if you're Italian, for whom "13" is a lucky number. But is Jefferson Market still run by Italians?
Last night, the place was decked out for the pre-opening private party. Lots of well-heeled, white-haired men in dark suits gathered inside to sip champagne and munch hors d'oeuvres served from silver trays.
This did not look like the old Montuori family market. It felt a bit more like "Forbes' #215 Richest American" Catsimatidis style.
Indeed, as a tipster first tipped here last month, Jefferson Market has been taken over by the Gristede's supermarket chain. A follow-up conversation with an employee confirmed that Gristede's bought the place (there was also some odd info about stolen money and people being chased by the Mob, but I can't otherwise confirm those intriguing details) and The Villager assures the Montuori family will still be co-owners.
So it's sort of the same, but also very different. Keeping the Jefferson Market name is a nice gesture, but maybe something along the lines of "Jeffertede's" would be more accurate. This is no mom-and-pop shop anymore.