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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

 

  • Anon resident

    Another fine job by Empire State Development & NYC EDC where a company leaves New York. So, much for Cuomo’s we are open for business. Please tell the readers if any staff ppl at these agencies even reached out to the owners of Juniors. No reason for them not to be offered or suggested space in Newburgh, Yonkers, Poughkeepsie.

    • comment flagged

      How do you propose they find cheaper industrial space somewhere in Queens or Brooklyn when there is cheaper, superior product in NJ?

      • Realest Minority

        what the hell are you talking they left because the rent is to high and Nj doesn’t mind taken the jobs only a fool cant understand that…

        • comment flagged

          Yes, rent is cheaper in NJ, they have excess supply. Rents are rising in NYC because of increased demand and constricted supply. Seems simple enough for me.

          • Realest Minority

            i feel like new york could have worked something out but they dont give a rats a*s about jobs

    • Realest Minority

      great point nyc doest care about jobs

  • Realest Minority

    nyc loses more jobs who cares

  • Anon resident

    What exactly does the Brooklyn Chamber do? Brooklyn Economic Development agency???

  • BH

    It’s Maspeth, no one even wants to exist there. how bad can the rent be?

    • Realest Minority

      nice area really safe what the hell are you talking about lol

      • BH

        there’s nothing going on in Maspeth. of course it’s safe…nothing happens there.

        • Realest Minority

          would you rather the bronx ?

          • BH

            depends on what area of the Bronx. developers are snapping up large plots of up there