Sascha Purchased By Markt in Meatpacking Musical Chairs

Markt: Cutting corners in their signs might not have been enough. Photo: Youngna Park

Eater reported yesterday that long-suffering meatpacking wannabistro Sascha, a big restaurant with few customers, has finally given up the ghost. And in doing so, given neighbor Markt a chance to downsize. We have it that the owner of Sascha's space, Robert Romanoff, has rented it to Markt's people, who will soon shutter and retreat from 14th Street and Ninth Avenue to Gansevoort Street, in what appears to be an effort to get out from under an oppressive lease. Wasn’t it just yesterday that the neighborhood was seen as a gold mine? It's now seeming like it might soon be stripped.