So, hope you like your cheesecake with condos on top!!! No, but really, that’s actually the gist of what’s going on with the original Junior’s location in Downtown Brooklyn; the owners have put the 17,000 square foot space on the market for re-development, and will open a second Brooklyn location while the sale and construction take place. Reportedly, the idea here is to develop the site into a “roughly 102,500 square-foot luxury condo with retail — i.e., Junior’s — in its base.” It’s estimated that the property could go for between $45 and $55 million.
Alan Rosen, whose family has run Junior’s for three generations (and have owned their prime spot on Flatbush and Dekalb since 1981) told the Post, “I have a very loving feeling for that corner, and it has been in my family since the 1920s, and there will always be a Junior’s in Brooklyn. Junior’s and Brooklyn go together.” He also added that that second location (the site for which is still TBD) will remain open after Junior’s re-opens in the old location, noting, “I think there’s room for two Junior’s in Brooklyn.”
For their part, Rosen’s realtors at Massey Knakal said, “We believe this is the best development site in Brooklyn and anticipate a feeding frenzy for this trophy property.” And hey, everything looks better with condos on top of it. Right?
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