Beloved East Village Ukrainian diner Odessa Restaurant has been in pandemic purgatory for the previous yr. Final July, information got here that the Avenue A mainstay was closing, however quickly after a beam of hope appeared when longtime co-owner Steve Helios instructed Gothamist that the restaurant was solely shutting down for non permanent renovations. “We’ll be again,” he promised on the time. And co-owner Mike Skulikidis, who additionally owns the constructing, backed all of it up, saying they might reopen in early 2021.
Alas, that day by no means got here. And after sitting empty for the previous yr, it appears issues are irrevocably altering: Odessa is up on the market… on Craigslist.
The itemizing, which was first noticed by EV Grieve, states that the neighborhood staple is on the market to buy for $400,000. The itemizing, which refers to this as a “nice alternative,” additionally consists of over a dozen images of the largely intact inside and exterior.
“Bustling enterprise is situated on a really busy road throughout from Tompkins Sq. Park and attracts crowds with 24/7 service,” the posting reads. “Many of the enterprise is walk-in with vital chance for development by creating a big take-out enterprise. Nice informal and fast eating choices for a densely populated space. Alternatively, it could possibly simply be transformed to different eating ideas with full bar. The situation is good. Seats 100 within the restaurant and 9 on the counter. Kitchen is absolutely outfitted and in wonderful situation. Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menu. New lease might be given to purchaser.”
Common Realty Group’s Jason Pilku instructed Gothamist as we speak that the itemizing was official, and that each Helios and Skulikidis had been retiring from the restaurant (Skulikidis is retaining possession of the constructing).
If you buy the enterprise, you are additionally shopping for the identify/branding rights for Odessa. Due to all of the gear nonetheless there, anybody who buys it might in idea get issues up and operating once more rapidly. And ideally, they wish to discover somebody who can keep on the legacy of Odessa: “They’re hoping to seek out somebody that’s going to proceed with the identical idea,” Pilku mentioned. “We’re working with a couple of patrons proper now which can be within the area however nothing has been finalized.”
One of many neighborhood’s final remaining 24-hour diners, Odessa Restaurant opened in 1994 throughout from Tompkins Sq. Park as an off-shoot of the adjoining Odessa Bar.
Whereas the bar closed in 2013 on account of lease will increase, after 48 years in enterprise, the restaurant held on and continued to serve a mixture of dependable diner fare and Japanese European staples like pierogis and kielbasa to neighborhood locals and a stable late-night crowd.