Our tip lines lit up yesterday as several neighbors noticed the gates up, and construction beginning, at the old Vox Pop space at 1022 Cortelyou Road, on the corner of Stratford. We’ve learned that work has just begun on a new restaurant from the owners of The Castello Plan and Mimi’s Hummus.
Ben Heemskerk, of The Castello Plan and the new Collyer’s Mansion, located just around the corner from Vox Pop, tells us that he and Avi Shuker, also of Castello, as well as Mimi’s and Market, are planning a restaurant for the space, but he’s keeping details under wraps until they get a little further along in the work.
This initial work is interior demolition, and it sounds like they have a lot of demo ahead of them.
The tangled history of Vox Pop goes back to its opening in 2004, which was followed by a change in ownership and trouble with taxes, until it finally closed in the fall of 2010. After some rumors last summer that a new tenant was coming, the space remained lifeless for about two and a half years, until yesterday.
They’re very much in the beginning stages of work, so try to keep your anticipation at an even keel as we wait for more news. But definitely join us in our excitement that something is finally, actually happening at this long-vacant corner!
Thanks to Michael, Jill, and Kim for sending pictures!