Levain Bakery to Open First Downtown Location on Lafayette Street Next Week
In a first, Levain Bakery is headed downtown. News that we first reported in March 2019.
Now, more than a year after breaking the news, the sweets shops confirms that next Wednesday (February 26) is the opening date at 340 Lafayette Street (at Bleecker Street). Teaser signage in the window had promised this debut as “early 2020.”
This is the sixth location overall for the company, which was founded nearly twenty-five years ago on the Upper West Side by Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald.
“We want to be sure anyplace we’re opening is really special,” Weekes told Time Out New York this week. “We’re not interested in having stores on every corner.”
Levain is probably the marquee tenant here at the recently restored 59 Bleecker Street property. This one-story corner building was first constructed in 1921, and housed both a car service station and liquor store (at the same time). The structure was modified roughly sixty years later to include a second contiguous building. Landmark protections arrived in 1999 courtesy of the NoHo Historic District.
The latest rehab saw the demolition and reconstruction of the “garage” elements to create an uninterrupted facade. All under the aegis of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.