Barry Kinder, a professional drummer, opened the shop in 2014 after returning to the United States from Europe where he worked as a touring musician. His time abroad exposed him to the beauty of the quintessential corner market, and when he returned to his hometown, he lamented that there was nothing similar to what he had experienced overseas. He set out to change this, opening the self-described neighborhood bodega and food counter.
Kinder opened Grove East Provisions as half-grocer, half-lunch counter, serving packaged wine and beer and basic essentials alongside a handful of simple, yet well-executed, sandwiches and soups. His chicken noodle soup, in particular, developed a cult following and was one of the many bright spots we noted in a glowing review.