Monday, April 21, 2014
That's apparently it for Exchange Alley; is 424 E. 9th St. a doomed restaurant location?
Last Monday, we noted that Exchange Alley on East Ninth Street had not been open for the past week or so. Everything was still in place inside. It looked like a working restaurant.
In recent days, we noticed that the space had been cleared out … and paper is now hanging in the front windows. The phone is no longer in service either.
Perhaps we can say that this is a jinxed/doomed location for a restaurant? Exchange Alley, which opened in August 2012, was the latest to give this space a try between Avenue A and First Avenue … where Olivia, Sintir and Zi' Pep all closed in fairly quick succession.
As Eater put it, "Exchange Alley opened to some decent buzz, but most of the big critics skipped the restaurant, and the hype quickly died down."