LES Longtimer Trigger Readies ‘Lucky Star’ Ice Cream Cafe on Division Street

Posted on: August 16th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Trigger is pivoting from shots to cones.

Indeed, the longtime Lower East Sider – who formerly owned and operated The Continental for more than fifteen years – is now trying his hand at ice cream. Three locations out of the gate, in fact.

Back in June, Trigger launched Lucky Star near the corner of Clinton and Delancey Streets; another is planned for St. Mark’s Place and should open imminently; but the largest in the stable will be down on Division Street, the bustling block anchored by Kiki’s and Forgtmenot.

Of the three ice cream shops, the former kitchen supply store at 135 Division is the largest, measuring 700 square-feet, allowing placement of tables and chairs for onsite dining. (The other Lucky Star outposts are takeout only.) It’s clearly the flagship, situated in a neighborhood triangle of creative energy. What he calls the “last Bohemian neighborhood in Manhattan.”

Trigger tells us that this Lucky Star will offer frozen treats like Italian Ices and hard ice cream, set to a backdrop with 1950s-era flourishes. There is also a planned cafe component with a variety of sandwiches including vegan options.

When asked about transitioning to ice cream, Trigger is candid about getting older and wanting to change it up. “I’m not 30 anymore,” he says. “I love what we did [at Continental] for love of music.”

However, some in the neighborhood, particularly the SPaCE Block Association, are uneasy in light of the application for a beer-wine license with closing times of 2:00am weekdays and 4:00am weekends. The pitch will go before Community Board 3 tonight for advisory recommendation.

Trigger understands the uneasiness about another licensed establishment on this block of Division Street, but intimates that the booze is to help supplant ice cream sales in the off-season. And that he “runs a tight ship.”

Official opening date at 135 Division is still in the works. 

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