Say Goodbye to Williamsburg’s Iconic Diner, New Six-Story Apartment Building Coming

December 24, 2014

Image by Avagara via Panoramio

Amongst Williamsburg‘s ever-growing, rapidly-rising new developments remains a neighborhood icon that has managed to stick around in the face of change. However, it looks like time has finally caught up to this tiny 1950s treasure, as Brownstoner reports that permits were filed today to replace the classic metal structure with a six-story, 10-unit apartment building. The replacement may not surprise too many given the transformation of the area, as well as the restaurants taking up space—from a diner in ’52 to a beloved burger joint from ’97 to 2010 to today providing a somewhat less fitting location for upscale La Esquina’s satellite Mexican restaurant/cafe—but without a doubt it’s still one that we’re sad to see happen.

wythe relish diner williamsburg in brooklyn Image © *Bitch Cakes*

So far no demo permits have been filed, but given that a 16,736-square-foot construction with 4,351 square feet of retail is slated for the site at 225 Wythe Avenue, those in favor of preserving the architecture shouldn’t hold their breaths. The owner listed on the permit application and recent financial documents is Sandy Stillman, the restaurateur/investor who first purchased the property in 1997, restored it, and ran Relish for over a decade.

[Via Brownstoner]

[Related: Neon, Metal, and Patty Melts: A Look at Classic New York City Diner Design]

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