There Go My Omega 3s

April 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm 5 comments

I just heard that the fish market on Austin that is closer to the Natural is will be closing down in October, which will leave three consecutive storefronts empty. Reason cited: high rents. This is a loss to the neighborhood because the place offered a good selection and practiced good hygiene, which can’t be said about many other fishmongers.

These rents are making it impossible for many decent businesses to earn a living. Feels like we’ve been malled again. It’s also possible that two of the three empty stores will be combined into one, for some deeper-pocket business.


Entry filed under: Austin Street, food, Forest Hills, retail.

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  • 1. Keith  |  April 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Damn! I loved that place. As a former fishmonger (three years) I can say that place was great. They were always dependable and honest and really helped their customers. That is a real loss.

  • 2. joe  |  April 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Rents for apt are not getting any better also. I lived here for 6 years and I do not think I will be much longer. 😦

  • 3. karbeth  |  April 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    So where do people go when they’re squeezed out of a high-priced area? When it was Manhattan, they went to Brooklyn. When Brooklyn became too pricey, they started to come to Queens. Where to next?

  • 4. Anne  |  April 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    No where close enough for their former customers, us. And perhaps no where at all. It is becoming harder and harder for the entrepreneurial spirit to survive, let along thrive, except on the internet and that doesn’t work for fish, or a lot of other things when what you really want is the tactile and personal experience with a local merchant.

    A recent Times article, discussing upgrades at Grand Central Terminal had this apropos quote: “National chains get tired,” said Michael Ewing, a principal of Williams Jackson Ewing, which had overseen the redevelopment of Union Station in Washington in the early 1980s. “They get to be big companies, and it’s hard for them to change. Small retailers are constantly evolving and updating.”

    Landlords, the Chamber of Commerce and retailers need to work together, with long term vision so that the retail mix and the economics work for everybody, including the consumer. Revolving door tenants and the same old tired chains are not an answer, unless you want to wear Ann Taylor, accessorize at Gem Story and dine at Cheeburger Cheeburger.

    As for the immediate problem, there used to be a pretty good fish store on Yellowstone, sort of across from the old C-Town (which goes by a different name now). If you are at Munch Cafe, look across the street — hopefully it is still there.

  • 5. JayCee  |  April 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

    The place on Yellowstone is now a restaurant, Sushi Yasu. They actually do sell fish to take home and cook.

    Sad to see that little place on Austin closing. We are well on our way to losing the mom & pop charm of this neighborhood.


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