In an unusual turn of events, Junior’s Cheesecake owner Alan Rosen has decided not to sell the building that houses the iconic Brooklyn restaurant after all. “This is Junior’s identity, is this building,” he told The New York Times. “This is the one where I came on my first dates. Not the one down the street, not the one below 20 stories of condos. This one.”
He turned down an offer of $45,000,000 from a developer that would not have included a space for Junior’s. He also turned down offers of about half that size that would have given Junior’s a permanent home on the ground floor of any new development.
Junior’s is located on a central Downtown corner, where Flatbush Avenue Extension meets Dekalb. Towers are sprouting all around, including a 70-story building right next door and CityPoint. He consulted with customers, his family, and his therapist to reach the decision.
He continued, “I’m not just running a restaurant. I’m running something that has such a heritage and such a tradition for so many people here in Brooklyn, that it just can’t be replaced.”
Owner of Legendary Restaurant Junior’s Rethinks a Move [NY Times]
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