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Two Boots A-Workin’

by Yori Yanover


It looks like they’ve arrived. The space at the corner of 384 Grand Street and Suffolk is in the process of serious renovation. Here’s a link to the company’s website. It’s kinda’ colorful.


On June 24, 1987, the original Two Boots Restaurant was opened at 37 Avenue A. By combining New Orleans cooking with pizza and beer in a funky, family-friendly environment, Two Boots (the boots representing the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana) brought life to a desolate, restaurant-barren stretch of the East Village.


The building at 384 Grand won some sort of architectural prize in the 1950’s, for an inspired transformation of three separate tenement buildings into one. My wife and I used to live there, from 1976 to 1980, on the fifth floor, and thanks to the merging of buildings we had ourselves a bone fide sunken bedroom. And our rent used to be $120 a month, plus we were on perpetual rent strikes because the city didn’t provide heat…

So I have a soft spot for this building, obviously, and I wish the new restaurant much success. Maybe it would be so good, it would motivate the pizzeria across the street to renovate and stay open late.

Yes, that’s what we need – pizzeria wars!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maybe it would be so good, it would motivate the pizzeria across the street to renovate and stay open late."

Maybe it would motivate the pizzeria across the street to actually clean-up, have the employees wash their hands and not serve garbage! As for staying open late, we can't have anything open late on Grand street, they might draw knifefights!

10/24/2006 8:26 PM  

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