By Sabina Mollot
This week, a reader alerted us to the fact that Pushcart coffee at the corner of 21st Street and Second Avenue, had signage indicating it would be closing on June 14. She then spoke with an employee who said the place was sold and would reopen as a brunch spot.
After we reached out to one of the owners, Jamie Rogers, he responded that this was partly accurate.
“We are converting the shop into a brunch cafe under the new name Citizens of Gramercy, and I will remain an owner,” he said via email.
Rogers added that he and his partners did the same conversion to a Pushcart in Chelsea (Citizens of Chelsea).
“The new concept will feature the same coffee and pastry program but with new brunch food options, fresh-pressed juices and wine and beer. The conversion was very successful in Chelsea, and we feel that our neighbors in Gramercy and ST-PCV will be excited to have a new brunch option coming to the corner of 21st and 2nd,” he said. The location will be getting a “makeover” in the next few weeks, he added, and the owners hope to reopen with the new menu around July 4.
On its website, the owners tout Citizens of Chelsea’s menu as “a modern take on Australian brunch cuisine and proper Melbourne-style coffee.”
Rogers is the former chair of Community Board 3, and is married to Council Member Carlina Rivera.