New building applications were filed today for a six-story building with stores and 10 apartments at 225 Wythe Avenue, where a 1950s metal diner currently stands. It was home to the Wythe Diner from ’68 to ’88, Relish from ’97 to 2010, and currently houses Soho Mexican joint La Esquina.
Potentially, the apartments could be huge — about 1,238 square feet each — so we’re guessing this will be condos. All told, the building will have 16,736 square feet, including 4,351 square feet of commercial space.
Tom Winter, whose offices are nearby in Greenpoint, is the architect of record. The owner listed on the permit application and recent financial documents is longtime owner Sandy Stillman, who first purchased the property in 1997 for an undisclosed amount. He ran Relish in the space for over a decade; read his goodbye note here.
Forgotten NY sheds some light on the history of the restaurant, which was constructed in 1952 by the Mountain View Diner Company. Click through to see the diner in 2006 when it was Relish. Perhaps La Esquina will simply pick up and move. No demolition permits have been filed, but we doubt they would be necessary. GMAP
Photo above by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark; photo below by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark