Vital update from the fro-yo world. The St. Marks location of Pinkberry is officially kaput, as a “space for lease” sign has gone up in the window. But don’t worry, fro-yo fiends — we haven’t moved on to a world of snow cream just yet. Around the corner, 16 Handles is still popping, and it has actually expanded onto Seamless. That’s right, for a $12 minimum plus a $1.95 fee, the parlor will deliver you a cup of Peanut Butter Confession fro-yo topped with whatever your broken heart desires. Toppings are 75 cents each, which adds up fast. “Hey, I have a peanut butter confession: I spent $18 on fro-yo last night!”
But whatever, it might be worth the uncharge, since 16 Handles on an average night is pretty much the innermost circle of hell (“oh ma gahhh, Tahitian Vanillaaaaaa”). Just don’t expect speedy service: the delivery time is given as 60 to 75 minutes and it took almost two hours when we took the service for a test run last night. But hey, 11pm fro-yo is better than no fro-yo at all.
Update, 1:45pm: Broker James Famularo, of Eastern Consolidated, tells us the Pinkberry closed in part because seasonal businesses, even when they’re popular, are “really, really chancy.” As for who might take the chain’s place, he says, “We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from artisanal sandwich shops, gourmet coffee shops, juice shops, of course — you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out it would make an ideal juice shop.” The interested parties “have multiple locations,” according to Famularo.