Thursday, May 9, 2024

Closings: Viva Cucina on 2nd Avenue; Da Radda on 7th Street

A for-rent sign hangs on the front of 85 Second Ave. on the SW corner of Fifth Street, presumably marking the end of Viva Cucina. 

There's no mention of a temporary or permanent closing on the Italian restaurant's website or social media properties. (Google lists them as "temporarily closed." A look inside reveals more than that.) 

The restaurant debuted here in April 2022. It was a return to the neighborhood for the family, which previously ran Viva Herbal Pizzeria at 179 Second Ave. until it closed in early 2014.
Da Radda has also closed at 127 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. 

The Argentinian and Italian restaurant, which opened in the summer of 2022, seemed like a nice spot and got some press for its pizzas. (However, those two outdoor tables next to the Peter Jarema Funeral Home were a tough sell). 

The space is currently for lease with a $6,900 ask.


Mark said...

I don't know how privately owned restaurants are surviving, let alone thriving in today's fiscal climate. I was a waiter and bartender for many years here in the city and am fundamentally aware of just how bad it can get, especially when so much capital is invested in a food service business. If I had unfettered access to resources, I would not open anything. It's too much stress and anxiety. It's no wonder merchants can't make rent or other expenses let alone a profit. So frustrating!

Anonymous said...

I will miss the buzz and nice little crowd of energy Viva attracted on most summer nights! The staff were always really cool as well.