Cafe and Takeout Spot May Replace Longtime Carmine St. Shoe Repair Shop

By Andrea Swalec on August 15, 2013 7:49am 

 A seasonal restaurant specializing in pre-packaged carryout food is in the works for 30 Carmine St., which housed a MetroPCS location and a shoe repair shop.
A seasonal restaurant specializing in pre-packaged carryout food is in the works for 30 Carmine St., which housed a MetroPCS location and a shoe repair shop.
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WEST VILLAGE — From cell phones and shoeshine to gourmet snacks to go.

A new restaurant specializing in pre-packaged seasonal carryout meals is in the works for the Carmine Street storefronts that housed Magic Shoe Repair and MetroPCS, the eatery's operators said at a Community Board 2 meeting this week.

Ham & Jam, which is finalizing a deal to combine the two retail spots at 30 Carmine St., will serve as a to-go food shop by day and a restaurant by night, co-owner Annie Wayte said.

"It's about getting a complete meal, with fruits, vegetables, protein and baked goods," said Wayte, who was executive chef at the combination restaurants-and-boutiques 202 in Chelsea Market and Nicole's on East 60th Street, which have both closed.

The prices at Ham & Jam will be "accessible," said Wayte, who wrote the 2006 cookbook "Keep It Seasonal."

She and business partner Shyam Maskai applied for a beer and wine license for the spot with 25 to 30 seats and have gotten "some support from the community," CB2 State Liquor Authority committee co-chair Richard Stewart said at a meeting Tuesday evening.

CB2 will issue an advisory vote on the SLA license at its executive session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, which will be held in the board's offices at 3 Washington Square Village.

Magic Shoe Repair closed this summer after 20 years in business, according to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.

Ravi Idnani of exclusive broker New York Commercial Real Estate Services declined to comment on a deal for the 750-square-foot space but said its asking price was $200 per square foot. Wayte said the deal was still being finalized this week.

Ham & Jam does not yet have an opening date.

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