No Longer ‘Bite’ Sized, the 15 Year Old Lunch Counter Expands

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

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Three months ago, we broke the news that the Bite lunch stand on Lafayette Street was on the move. Next door. It finally transpired this week.

Gone is the plywood shed from 333 Lafayette, home to Pinche Taqueria until 2015. The retail footprint had been under the knife the last couple months in anticipation of the relocation. Customers may have noticed that Bite was closed for business on Friday to expedite the whole process. And while the new space isn’t quite ready, it’s business as usual this morning. As if nothing happened. The tiny, bite-size signage sits on the sidewalk outside the takeout window.

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The revitalized Bite offers slightly more legroom for the business and alleviates the less-than-stellar working conditions (i.e. cramped space, cold winters, hot summers).

Owner Ami Melamed, a former fashion industry employee, left the business in 2002 to open Bite on Lafayette Street. This angled home was the first location, and in later years, would expand to the Union Square and Flatiron neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the old stomping ground is itself masked in plywood and undergoing a facelift. New glass installations signal that the space is primed for new occupancy. No takers just yet; the building owner tells us they’re looking for “something interesting.”

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