‘Friedmans’ Eyes Seward Park for Latest Outpost
Friedmans, the local comfort food chain, has eyes for Seward Park. Specifically, the commercial space formerly occupied by Randall’s Barbecue.
Indeed, it appears that 357 Grand Street – vacant since May – could be restaurant number eight for the Friedmans crew.
Owner Alan Phillips is listed on the October docket of Community Board 3 to apply for the requisite full liquor license.
Friedmans is a misnomer of sorts. With the ring of a classic family luncheonette, these locales aren’t so much. The joint was actually named for famous economist Milton Friedman, who popularized the phrase, “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Phillips founded the first eatery eleven years ago in the Chelsea Market. It made front-page news in 2017, after taking over the famous Cafe Edison in Times Square.