Workers put up the signage yesterday for AO Bowl, a quick-serve, plant-based Japanese restaurant specializing in acai and rice bowls and smoothies here at 131 First Ave. (aka 82 St. Mark's Place).
We first mentioned this arrival in July 2019 (previously going asEiyō Bowl). The AO Instagram account lists an October 2020 opening.
Workers have gutted this single-level structure on the corner ... and dividing the storefront into three retail spaces. The other new tenant here will be the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop.
The previous occupant, Foot Gear Plus, closed in July 2018 at this time after nearly 40 years in business.Thanks to Steven for the photo!