Eastern Consolidated Arranges Second Eastside Manhattan Lease for Italian Restaurant
NEW YORK, NY – February 12, 2018 – Lena’s Italian Kitchen, which offers high-quality, home-cooked Italian meals exclusively for take-out and delivery, is opening a second location after signing a lease at 1167 Second Avenue arranged by Eastern Consolidated’s Retail Leasing Division.
Senior Director Joe Robinson, the exclusive tenant representative for Lena’s Italian Kitchen, negotiated the 10-year, 900-square-foot lease between 61st and 62nd Streets on the Upper East Side on behalf of owner Paul Nicotra.
Nicotra is the grandson of Louis “Gino” Branchinelli, who founded Gino’s Pizzerias & Gino’s Italian Ices after immigrating to the United States from Italy in 1937, and he continues to operate Gino’s in Long Beach, which his grandfather started over 55 years ago.
Nicotra named Lena’s Italian Kitchen after his grandmother, uses her recipes in his take-out, delivery, and catering menus, and even designed his storefronts to look like her kitchen. The space doesn’t have tables and chairs, but was created solely for customers to pick up orders after calling or ordering online.
“Our menu consists of made-to-order Italian classics such as Lena’s Homemade Meatballs, and numerous pastas and entrees cooked with only the finest ingredients, and delivered to customers as a restaurant-quality meal,” Nicotra said.
Robinson also arranged a 10-year, 1,100-square-foot lease for Lena’s Italian Kitchen at 551 Second Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets in Kips Bay.
“Paul has been so successful with his take-out and delivery business on Second Avenue in Kips Bay that he wanted to take his winning formula to Second Avenue on the Upper East Side,” Robinson said. “Lena’s Italian Kitchen proves that great food is the only thing that can’t be replaced by Amazon.”
More information about Lena’s Italian Kitchen is available at https://lenasitaliankitchen.com/
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