When Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman announced they were opening an outpost of their wildly popular bagel shop, Black Seed, in the space that recently held East Village classic De Robertis Pasticceria, they promised they would work with John De Robertis to keep some of the old world touches of the 110 year-old Italian bakery in place. Today they explain to Off The Grid exactly what will stay put and what will have to go. While the awning will say Black Seed, the duo plans to leave the De Robertis Pastry Shoppe neon in the window — though they may only light up the "pastry shoppe" part so they don't confuse customers.
The pair will also help restore some early 20th century design features from the bakery. Forced to remove some of the facade to install their wood-fired oven for the bagels, the duo plans to restore a wood storefront that they saw in old photos from John De Robertis.
One thing they won't be doing, is adding faux vintage design elements, says Bernamoff: "We want to have it feel old, and have it feel historic ... If we try to recreate [vintage elements], it will take away the specialness of some of what is there. We don't want to create confusion. We want people to recognize that the space is 110 years old." The bakery should open sometime this spring.