Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Opening: Pret A Manger
While retail stores are vanishing left and right, fast food chains continue their reign in the Flatiron District. The ground floor of 24 West 23rd Street, the space that once housed Medici Shoes, sat vacant for several weeks before signage popped up announcing the arrival of Pret A Manger, a chain that specializes in take-away sandwiches, baguettes and wraps. How this 23rd Street newcomer, first seen in London in 1986, will fare on a street with an abundance of lunchtime options (Lenny's, Energy Kitchen, Mangia, Rickshaw Dumpling, and the behemoth Eataly, to name a few) will be determined when it opens in the spring.