The Real Deal New York

Junior’s cheesecakes to bake in New Jersey

Iconic restaurant leaving Queens home for 100K sf site
April 14, 2015 05:30PM

Junior’s, the Downtown Brooklyn restaurant famous for its cheesecake, is fleeing rising New York City rents and moving its bakery operation to Burlington, N.J.

The industrial bakery will vacate its 20,000-square-foot space at 58-42 Maurice Avenue in Queens’ Maspeth neighborhood, its home for about 15 years, Crain’s reported.

“We can’t afford the real estate around here,” said Alan Rosen, the third-generation owner of the business. “New York is very interested in residential development, but commercial is tough, and it doesn’t make sense for a bakery to acquire that real estate.”

Its new home is much larger, at 100,000 square feet, and includes more refrigeration and freezers.

The restaurant will remain at its original location at 386 Flatbush Avenue, where it turned down a $45 million offer for the space last year. It also has outposts at Grand Central Station and in Times Square.

Recently, Streit’s Matzo Factory, a Lower East Side institution, announced that it would be leaving the neighborhood for New Jersey. [Crain’s] — Tess Hofmann