Fleeing SoHo, Westwood Gallery Gets up and Running on the Bowery

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 at 5:08 am by
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The slow-boil transformation from restaurant supply shop to contemporary art gallery is now complete after six months. Westwood Gallery, a refugee from SoHo, is about ready on the Bowery. And it’s a move likely to keep up with cool.

Westwood Gallery, known for exhibiting contemporary artists and photographers the last twenty-one years, took 6,000 square-feet at 262 Bowery back in May. Shortly after Hawaii Restaurant Equipment folded. Build-out had been underway ever since, yet signage didn’t arrive until last month. Now, the showroom is up and running, albeit by appointment only. Official launch is slated for sometime in September.

“We have had parallels to the Bowery for many years, including representing artists on the Bowery, such as Will Insley (1929-2011), who lived at 231 Bowery for 40 years,” co-owner Margarite Almeida previously told us.

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Hawaii Restaurant Equipment pulled out of 262 Bowery in April 2015. The large ground-level store had been on the market for the prior two years. You’ll recall that this building was part of the massive 11-property Bowery portfolio Joseph Betesh snatched up for $62 million in June 2013.

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