Malt & Mold opens on East Broadway

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Yet another reason walking is better than driving.

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While on foot to the Henry Street Settlement block party on Sunday, we happened upon the opening of Malt & Mold, a gourmet specialty shop at 221 East Broadway. Owned by the oft-kilt-clad Kevin Heald, who is a longtime resident of the Lower East Side, the shop specializes in “artisanal” cheese and microbrews (most of them local or made within the US). Heald stretches the definition of malt and mold to include, as he put it, “everything that goes with it” – i.e., fresh bread, chocolate, granola, olive oil, pickles, and other locally-sourced and specialty products. No beer nuts found here.

Their liquor license is coming through in a week, but even without the availability of the malt half of the store, the place was packed and the locals seemed quite excited to have a specialty food shop in the area. Kevin noted that he had felt a need for a shop like this in the neighborhood for quite some time, and was hoping one would open up. It seems he got tired of waiting, and decided to take action.

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Kevin will be selling eight types of beer, poured from taps into a growler available in 16, 32 and 64 ounce sizes. Bottled and canned beer will be available as well. The store will also specialize in hard-to-find food items, and Heald said that they are conscious of trying to keep the prices affordable. While there, we picked up some spectacular sheep’s cheese and snacked on some damn fine chocolate samples.

We also want to give a shoutout to Pushcart Coffee next door, who was giving away free cups of coffee with any purchase from Malt & Mold. It’s nice to see neighborhood businesses showing support for one another!

We also recognized Kevin’s wife, designer and owner of the millinery company “Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute.” Cha Cha used to have a store and workshop on Suffolk Street for many years (full disclosure: this reporter owns many of her hats, and spent way too much time at the former store). Cha Cha is still making hats, but we were quite happy to see her pitching in.

Hours are: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Writeup and photos by Lori Greenberg

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