Spanish Foodie Phenom Picks West Side Brownstone for First City Spot



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141 West 69th Street

Before cultivating a devout foodie following across Spain, the chef Jesús Nuñez was a graffiti artist, a fact that may explain some of his more exhibitionist fare-the deconstructed tortilla, for instance, and shark carpaccio. Mr. Nuñez’s first foray into the New York culinary scene pays tribute to his former art form, at least in name: Graffit. The tapas restaurant will open in a 69th Street brownstone between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

“We are thrilled to have an internationally acclaimed chef in our building,” said Argo‘s Mark Moskowitz, manager of the building. Formerly occupied by Levana Kosher Restaurant, the 2,000-square-foot space and patio will undergo a drastic renovation.

David Gruber of Gruber Real Estate represented Mr. Nuñez in the transaction. The building was repped by Jason Pennington of Ripco Real Estate.

GlobeSt.com reported news of the deal on Feb. 12.

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