Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Russ & Daughters to Anchor Food Court in Navy Yard

The grand grandfather of appetizing, Russ & Daughters, will have the honor of being the anchor restaurant in the newly developed Building 77 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ground floors of this space is undergoing transformation into a community space housing an ambitious food court, and Russ & Daughters will be its heart.

Photo by Jeffrey Bary
Russ & Daughters was established in 1914. Over the 102 years of its existence on the Lower East Side it became famous for its signature smoked fish, caviar, bagels, bialys and other baked goods. Today the restaurant is owned by Niki Russ Federman and Josh Tupper, fourth generation descendants of the original owners.

The new store in the Navy Yard will be Russ & Daughters’ first venture into the wild ‘burbs of Brooklyn. The store will fill 14,000 square feet with a food manufacturing center as well as a retail outlet and a bagel restaurant. The store is also planning on running baking workshops.

“When we visited [the site] for the first time, we were amazed by the spectacular and vast space,” commented Russ Tupper. “Building 77 will open up this previously hidden gem to the public. The excitement that will be generated from the intersection of food production and enjoyment in Building 77 will help solidify the Navy Yard’s place as a vibrant and unique location in New York to work and visit.”