East Village Down a Subway, But Only Temporarily?

subways1Daniel Maurer Half of the neighborhood’s Subways.

Back when we took stock of all the East Village’s chain stores, we discovered that Subway was the most ubiquitous chain in the neighborhood, with eight locations.

Make that seven – at least, for now.

The sliver of a location at 227 First Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets, was closed today, with UPS delivery notices from last week affixed to the shutter.

We placed a call to the store’s next-door neighbor, Gabay’s, and a man who identified himself as the sub-landlord of the Subway space, who did not want to give his name, said the franchisee closed the store for “personal reasons.” He added, “All I know is that they’re looking for another franchisee.”

Of course, there’s another Subway just six blocks down First Avenue. We also like Russo’s for sandwiches.