Coming Soon: Papaya Food at 249 Broome

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 at 6:42 am by

The Chinese bodega at 249 Broome Street was but a blip on the neighborhood map. For just over four months, the small-time grocer offered wide shelves of mostly imported product. But then one day the tell-tale newspaper arrived in the windows and renovations befell the split storefront.

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Now this sleepy quadrant of Broome is poised to welcome a new culinary establishment, with canopy and sign already advertising the arrival. The rather cramped operation is called Papaya Food, and owners are presently seeking a wine and beer license from Community Board 3. That said, the bodega element hasn’t completely vanished from the picture.  From the look of it, the store was reduced to a tiny nook of its former self.

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Meanwhile, according to documents [PDF] filed with CB3 ahead of next month’s SLA meeting, Papaya Food will focus on Japanese and Thai food; a sushi counter is also in the proposal.  As for size, it’ll barely make a footprint with its eight tables and occupancy of eighteen.  There are currently no plans to play music, and the restaurant will operate between 11 am and 1 am daily.

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