We noted a few weeks ago that renovation of the Lundy’s space is underway; now we’re happy to bring you confirmation of the new tenant.

And the business that will be operating in the iconic building is… [cue drumroll]… Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, a local food market with a storefront currently on 2278 86th St, between Bay 32st street and 23rd Ave. in Bensonhurst/Bath Beach. It is expected that Cherry Hill-Lundy’s will open its doors in the next 2 to 3 months.

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(Cherry Hill Market in Bensonhurst/Bath Beach)

Read on after the jump to see some of the business’ plans for the space, as well as reviews of its current storefront.

The news confirms speculation that a Whole Foods-type market will be moving in and, since it will occupy the entire space of the recently shuttered restaurant, this quashes the persistent rumors of an Outback Steakhouse, which were first put down by a commenter on SheepsheadBites.com. It’s good to hear that a local business will be taking the space that represents so much in our neighborhood, even if the bad news is that the Lundy’s name will probably never again grace a restaurant’s awning.

A source with knowledge of the store’s plans says the market will feature a small, seated dining area on the elevated platform in the rear of the right side of the restaurant (from the perspective of the entrance). The room upstairs, formerly a catering hall, will serve as the store’s bakery, serving up fresh breads, cakes and other doughy-goodness. Apparently, the owners are also planning to lay claim to the entire parking lot behind the building.

Here are some reviews of Cherry Hill Market’s existing operations. Note that it is a 24-hour operation that has been praised as a very good international food market, with great breads and high-marks for cleanliness. I, for one, am very excited to see how it all turns out.

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  • neighbor

    You might want to change the address in your first paraghraph because the monstrocity of a storefront on the corner of Bay 31 and 86th St looks nothing like that descent looking imagry above. Apparently this one is just a block away.

  • local broker

    i have been to the store on 86th st. this is good news for the area.

  • longtimebayer

    Just one more step away from the original Bay. I think it is a shame what happened on Emmons Ave, it looks horrible.

  • Anonymous

    longtimebayer: What would you prefer to see there? The last Lundy’s restaurant tarnished the name with its subpar food, awful service and complete mismanagement, and there are already 2 other restaurants in the building. I’ve lived in the Bay all my life, and I too sometimes wonder about the direction it’s taking. But to be honest, going down to the water on a Friday or Saturday night, the place is as busy as any gentrified, hip neighborhood, and the restaurants seem to be doing well. Of course, I’d love to see the fishing and cruise economy stronger, and with it the return of some great bait shops. But this aside, what’s so bad about the (business) changes along Emmons?

  • local broker

    you have to expect change. this is a much better place to live than 10-15-20 years ago. its not like its getting worse its only getting better. look at it this way the tenant thats going to be there is for the local community if it was an outback or some other national franchise there would be more traffic (pollution, noise and crime) than there is now. while im here i would like to mention that i will have some real good development news in the next few weeks cant talk yet but it will be good. changes in the bay are on the way.

  • Dana

    For the most part I see nothing wrong with the new tenant. Its better than a few things that could have been there — and its much better than a vacant lot.

    However there is a very similar market place only a few blocks away on avenue Z – which has pretty much the same concept and products. I’m not sure how much this place can add to the neighborhood but I’m willing to wait and see.

    I like the idea of the interior eating area.. that sounds nice.

  • DinaMarie

    This store is in NO way like a Whole Foods store.

  • Mel on Bedford

    I am very glad to hear that anything other than another chain restaurant is going into that space. It’s been boarded up too long! I would really like to see some more diverse business establishments along the bay – we need an alternative to cheesy bars like FUSION that serve $16 drinks. Emmons is definitely becoming more gentrified, but for very select types of people.

  • http://diabellalovescats.com diabella

    Very much look forward to this. The area has remained static for too long. Growth and change are good… and the addition of this store will benefit in many ways including the economy of the area. Welcome Cherry Hill!

  • neighbor

    You might want to change the address in your first paraghraph because the monstrocity of a storefront on the corner of Bay 31 and 86th St looks nothing like that descent looking imagry above. Apparently this one is just a block away.

  • local broker

    i have been to the store on 86th st. this is good news for the area.

  • longtimebayer

    Just one more step away from the original Bay. I think it is a shame what happened on Emmons Ave, it looks horrible.

  • Anonymous

    longtimebayer: What would you prefer to see there? The last Lundy’s restaurant tarnished the name with its subpar food, awful service and complete mismanagement, and there are already 2 other restaurants in the building. I’ve lived in the Bay all my life, and I too sometimes wonder about the direction it’s taking. But to be honest, going down to the water on a Friday or Saturday night, the place is as busy as any gentrified, hip neighborhood, and the restaurants seem to be doing well. Of course, I’d love to see the fishing and cruise economy stronger, and with it the return of some great bait shops. But this aside, what’s so bad about the (business) changes along Emmons?

  • local broker

    you have to expect change. this is a much better place to live than 10-15-20 years ago. its not like its getting worse its only getting better. look at it this way the tenant thats going to be there is for the local community if it was an outback or some other national franchise there would be more traffic (pollution, noise and crime) than there is now. while im here i would like to mention that i will have some real good development news in the next few weeks cant talk yet but it will be good. changes in the bay are on the way.

  • Dana

    For the most part I see nothing wrong with the new tenant. Its better than a few things that could have been there — and its much better than a vacant lot.

    However there is a very similar market place only a few blocks away on avenue Z – which has pretty much the same concept and products. I’m not sure how much this place can add to the neighborhood but I’m willing to wait and see.

    I like the idea of the interior eating area.. that sounds nice.

  • DinaMarie

    This store is in NO way like a Whole Foods store.

  • Mel on Bedford

    I am very glad to hear that anything other than another chain restaurant is going into that space. It’s been boarded up too long! I would really like to see some more diverse business establishments along the bay – we need an alternative to cheesy bars like FUSION that serve $16 drinks. Emmons is definitely becoming more gentrified, but for very select types of people.

  • http://diabellalovescats.com/ diabella

    Very much look forward to this. The area has remained static for too long. Growth and change are good… and the addition of this store will benefit in many ways including the economy of the area. Welcome Cherry Hill!