Chocolate Bar owner Alison Nelson thought she had a done deal to open a new store at 23 Eighth Avenue--"literally, diagonally across the street" from her original West Village location, which closed last spring.
Not so fast!
The current occupant of that space, House of Cards & Curiosities owner James Waits, said he has no plans to retire when his lease expires next December (contrary to The Observer's prior report) and further indicated that he intends to renew and extend his stay for years to come.
The building's owner, Beth Bogart, confirmed that she was in talks to lease the space to Ms. Nelson. She blamed the mix-up on a "miscommunication" with Mr. Waits. read more »