So we kinda always feared the storefront formerly known as the Second Avenue Deli would end up going to a franchise, but this one? That's right, the whirring and sucking sounds you hear from the corner of East 10th Street is the impending arrival of Vital Dent in part of the former deli space, according to the Villager. Unnamed "food tenant" is eyeing the rest. Apparently, this space-age dentist-in-a-box thing is gonna be huge, as there have been at least a dozen other leases inked recently for other Vital Dents around the city with 10 more in Jersey. And they've got their own design ideas in mind?"If work begins, nothing of the interior or facade will remain"?so you won't be able to check out that melancholy grin of yours in old Abe Lebewohl's shiny chrome. You can just about pencil in your first cleaning for late September; novocaine will be provided in the waiting room to numb the feelings of nostalgia.
· Famed deli where many a sandwich was chewed will be a dental office [Villager]
· After the Pain, What's Next for Second Avenue Deli? [Curbed]
SORTA RELATED: At another intersection of dentistry and real estate, a doc from the 29th floor of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building is suing the One Hanson Place people over his lost lease. One of the building owners fires back: "Our take on Dr. Lerner is he's an extortionist." [NYDN]