Iconic Brooklyn restaurant Junior's to sell its flagship space

The Downtown Brooklyn restaurant, known for its cheesecake, will close to make way for condos—but the owners hope to eventually reopen there

Junior's Restaurant

Junior's Restaurant Photograph: Wikimedia Commons user 'Gnarly'

Last month, we said goodbye to the longtime Sixth Avenue location of hot-dog purveyor Gray's Papaya; now, another iconic NYC restaurant is on the verge of closing its doors. The New York Daily News reports that Junior's, home to one of the city's most famous (if not always best) slices of cheesecake, will sell its Downtown Brooklyn flagship to make way for—what else?—a real-estate development.

In an interview with the New York Post, owner Alan Rosen says that he plans to open a Brooklyn outpost (in a to-be-determined location), and to eventually move Junior's back into the Flatbush Avenue space once a new building goes up. (The new restaurant would remain; says Rosen, "I think there’s room for two Junior’s in Brooklyn.") The parcel of land will reportedly be developed into a 102,500-square-foot luxury building.

There are still several other Junior's locations around the city, including in Times Square, but the brightly lit flagship at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues is the one most indelibly associated with the brand (and with Brooklyn). President Obama even paid a visit with Bill de Blasio in October, a week or so before De Blasio became mayor.

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