Three weeks after signing a lease with hot-pot restaurant Liukoshui, Hudson Related signed a 10-year lease with pet care service pupculture for a 3,792-square foot location at 544 Main Street. In their two-story space, pupculture will provide pet pampering services, daycare, boarding, in-home pet feeding, and unlike their other two locations, a full-blown pet store. They are also working toward getting a veterinarian to be on-site a couple of days a week.
Established in 2002, pupculture considers themselves a pioneer of New York City's doggie daycare industry. They offer pet pampering services including grooming and spa treatments as well as daycare and boarding. Their dog-walking can include pick-up and drop-off and in-home pet feeding. At their other locations they sell pet accessories, treats, and health products but the retail offerings are “very limited”, explained owner, Ibrahim Almiheh. On Roosevelt Island, they will have a full-blown pet store including multiple kinds of dog and cat food, “something we don’t have in Tribeca and Soho,” their other two locations said Almiheh. Roosevelt Island will be their third location. Their SoHo location has 4.5 stars on yelp with 58 reviews. Their Tribeca location has a five-star rating and 14 reviews.
Passers-by will be able to see the dogs being cared for on both sides of the two-story space, says Almiheh. He says the grooming will take place on the mezzanine level and the daycare will be downstairs. Almiheh believes there is a market on the Island for someone who can bring all of those services under one roof.
pupculture SoHo location, photo from pupculture Facebook page
Almiheh is very excited to be part of the community here. The Battery Park City resident sees some similarities between his neighborhood and ours, and says he is “happy that a lot of Islanders are excited.” He already has Islanders as customers; there are some who bring their dogs to the SoHo location for boarding; Long Island City residents patronize his SoHo location as well. According to a search he did with the New York City Health Department, he learned that Long Island City has the highest dog population in the entire city and he is eager to capture some of that business at this location.
At one time, Tram operators turned away passengers with dogs, and no Island building allowed dogs. It’s different now. There is an unofficial dog-owners community on the Island, dog walkers can be seen out walking dogs, we have multiple dog parks, and there is a mobile vet service that comes to the Island to groom dogs. That doesn’t come without its issues, and as the dog community becomes more entrenched, some parents are organizing to protest the location of a new dog park near the sprinklers and Blackwell playground. Others complain that PSD doesn't enforce policies relating to dogs.
Right now, construction is underway at both Onda, a Mexican Restaurant that will be located at 548 Main Street, and a juice/panini bar that will be located at 503 Main Street. Hot-pot restaurant, Liukoshui, is scheduled to open by the end of the year at 568 Main Street and its liquor license application is scheduled to go before the Community Board 8 street-life committee on November 5.
In December 2016, Hudson Related signed a lease to bring a new contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar to 548 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. Onda will occupy an approximately 2,000 sq. ft. space, and will serve authentic, rustic cuisine and offer both small and large plates in a modern setting.
In July 2016, the owners of Wholesome Factory and Island Wine & Spirits signed a lease for a café to be located at 503 Main Street. It will serve juices, smoothies, and light fare such as paninis, salads, and bakery items. A liquor license application is pending.