Junior's Restaurant to stay in Downtown Brooklyn

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Cheesecake lovers rejoice: Junior's staying put
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Tim Fleischer reports the popular restaurant is staying at its original location in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn (WABC) -- The home of "The World's Most Fabulous Cheesecakes" is here to stay.

The owner of Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn has turned down offers to buy the site and build an apartment tower.

Owner Alan Rosen, who put the two-story building up for sale in February, has now taken the famous cheesecake home off the market.

"This is Junior's identity, is this building," Rosen told the New York Times. "This is the one where I came on my first dates. It's where my family spent most of their waking hours. Not the one down the street, not the one below 20 stories of condos. This one."

While the building was still on the market, Rosen said he struggled between offers that would bring back Junior's in the ground floor of the building and bigger offers, like one for $45 million in cash that required Junior's to leave permanently.

After months of second thoughts, disappointed calls from customers and tempting offers, Rosen decided he could not give the building up.

"I'm not just running a restaurant," he told the Times. "I'm running something that has such a heritage and such a tradition for so many people here in Brooklyn, that it just can't be replaced."

The famous cheesecake family-owned business now stays standing at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues after three generations since its opening in 1950.