Showing posts with label closings 2022. Show all posts
Showing posts with label closings 2022. Show all posts

Thursday, August 4, 2022

6th Street wine bar Grape and Grain is closing this weekend

Grape and Grain is closing its doors for good after service on Saturday (Aug. 6). 

However, there's already a new G&G-related suitor for the space at 620 E. Sixth St. between Avenue B and Avenue C.

Ownership of the wine bar made the announcement on Instagram yesterday
We've loved every minute of being part of this community and we've been very fortunate to have met so many amazing people along the way. We're very proud of what we've built here over the years, and it’s hard to say goodbye! But, it is time to move on. ... 

We’re excited to say that we are keeping the space in the family, and we can't wait to share with you what's next for you on 6th St. Keep an ear out! 
The OG G&G closed in the fall of 2017 after 12 years in service... then, in June 2018, new owners took over and kept the name

Grape and Grain is open from 5-10 p.m.

Photo via @grapeandgrainnyc; H/T BVinny & O!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Kindred is closing on Aug. 14

Kindred, the restaurant at 342 E. Sixth St. serving food and wine inspired by the Adriatic, is closing after service on Aug. 14 — and after two-plus challenging years of the pandemic.

Management made the announcement yesterday via an Instragram post ... which reads in part:
As you can imagine, surviving the last two years has been very challenging; however, we made it happen with creativity, an amazing team of employees, and a strong will to succeed and to share a great restaurant with the East Village community. 
Since Christmas and the Omicron outbreak, sales have not been consistent enough to stabilize in the current market. With inflation, a looming recession, another potential COVID outbreak, decreased foot traffic in Manhattan - we don't see a viable path forward. We're still waiting on ERC funds from the IRS (it's only been 10 months đŸ€ŠđŸ»‍♀️) 
This is a grueling and difficult decision, but the right one. Part of taking care of our staff and ourselves is knowing when to pause and reflect. This is that moment for us and Kindred.
The restaurant from the team at Ruffian on Seventh Street opened here just west of First Avenue in October 2019. 

Image via @Kindred; H/T Vinny & O

Last day for Panera Bread on Union Square

The Union Square outpost of Panera Bread is shutting down for good this afternoon at 2 (H/T EVG reader Dan!) ...
No reason was cited for this closure; signage points Panera-goers to two locations nearby on Fifth Avenue. This outpost opened here at 10 Union Square East in 2012. 

The company, based in Sunset Hills, Mo., has some 2,000 bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. There have been reports of dozens of Panera closings nationwide in the past two years.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Dia has closed (again)

Closing the book here on Dia, which has not been open in recent months at 58 Second Ave. between Third Street and Fourth Street.

The inside of the restaurant that offered Roman-style pizza and coastal Italian seafood is in some disarray (thanks to Steven for this photo) ... 
The phone is no longer in service, and Yelp lists the restaurant as closed.

Dia first opened in the fall of 2018... and it was one of several Second Avenue restaurants to shut down coming out of the summer of 2020.

However, at some point last year, new management revived the space until it quietly closed in the early summer.

Meanwhile, as some residents have previously asked, who is responsible for clearing out and/or taking down curbside dining spaces after a restaurant closes? Here's a look at Dia's outdoor structure...

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Kura has apparently closed on St. Mark's Place

Photo by Steven

A large for-rent sign now hangs on the gate at 130 St. Mark's Place just west of Avenue A... apparently bringing an end to Kura.

There isn't any official notice of a closure, though the restaurant has been closed during listed business hours and Resy is no longer accepting reservations. (The phone goes unanswered as well.)

The upscale sushi spot opened in early 2013, and its omakase meals and presentation drew praise from The New York Times.

This space has the dubious distinction of housing Tre Scalini, an Italian restaurant that opened and closed in less in two weeks in July 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kent's Dumpling House has apparently closed on 14th Street

Photos by Steven

That looks to be all for Kent's Dumpling House at 220 E. 14th St. between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. (H/T @AlexVadukul!) 

The quick-serve restaurant has been closed of late, stuck under not one but two sidewalk bridges (!?!?) ... Google lists Kent's as permanently closed...
Workers have started to take apart the interior of the bargain-eats fave...
Kent's opened in 2019, taking over from Vanessa's Dumpling House (most of the staff remained the same).

Monday, July 18, 2022

The former Baker's Pizza space is for rent on Avenue A

The storefront at 201 Avenue A is now for rent... officially bringing an end to Baker's Pizza here between 12th Street and 13th Street.

A "Permanently Closed RIP" message was posted atop the pizzeria's website in January. However, several weeks later, the pizzeria reopened (though not by original owner Jordan Baker). BPII didn't last, though, long as the gates came down and a DOH sticker arrived on the door dated March 31.

There was an unsuccessful DOH inspection that closed the place. Dec. 1 with 43 violation points, per public records. (According to multiple readers/Baker's Pizza fans, the shop never reopened after the December DOH visit.) We do not know who was running the place in parts of February and March (and without ever clearing up the DOH business).

In any event, Baker's arrived in February 2016 and quickly built a fervent fanbase.   

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A very public eviction for Anwar Grocery on Avenue B

First 2 photos by Miriam Abrahams; the rest by Stacie Joy

On Tuesday afternoon, workers cleared out Anwar (going recently as Akter) Grocery at 166 Avenue B between Sixth Street and Seventh Street...
The clean-out preceded a visit by the Marshal, noting the business is now in legal possession of the landlord... (an eviction notice arrived on July 5).
Anwar Hossein had owned and operated the shop since 2005. He and his family have lived in an apartment upstairs dating to 1998. (His father had been a tenant since 1988.) 

Hossein previously owned two other stores in the neighborhood — A&H Grocery at 204 Avenue A and Ahn Newsstand and Candy store at 500 E. 12th St., both long shuttered. 

He previously told Stacie Joy that things were difficult for the shop in recent years — the pandemic only adding to the woes. A new landlord bought the building in 2018, and his lease expired in December 2019. 

There have been multiple court dates between the two sides before Tuesday's action. 

This was one of the more public evictions we've seen recently. Workers emptied out the store, placing its contents, including beer, cigarettes, rolling papers and personal-care products, on the sidewalk for passersby to take ... (The Hosseins were not seen during this time, and it's not known what their housing status is.)
The old-school-style shop had some unusual items for sale, such as DVD copies of a Nickelback concert, blank TDK cassette tapes and VHS videotapes. There were also religious amulets, sombreros, school supplies and some hardcore adult DVDs with titles like "Anal Pleasures" (and left on the sidewalk).  

 And a final look inside the shop...
However functional, the more recent delis and groceries have a bland sameness with the ambiance of an airport galleria. 

Anwar, with the owners who lived upstairs, was definitely the last of its kind in this neighborhood. 

And from this spring... Sheila and Anwar Hossein...

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Comings and goings on 10th Street: Montauk Salt Cave closes; and a new restaurant from 2 Momofuku vets

The EV outpost of Montauk Salt Cave has closed (without notice to patrons, per one reader) on the upper level at 90 E. 10th St. between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

The Montauk-based wellness sanctuary, which featured walls built with pink Himalayan salt rocks, opened here in August 2017. Per their website, salt therapy purportedly heals ailments related to respiratory disease, skin conditions and inflammatory symptoms.

Meanwhile, in No. 90's lower level... work continues on Claud ... a new restaurant opening soon via Momofuku Ko vets Josh Pinsky and Chase Sinzer ... 
You can sign up for updates via the Claud website... or follow the restaurant's Instagram account

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Ainsworth closes East Village location

That's all for the Ainsworth on the SW corner of Third Avenue and 11th Street. (Thanks to Steven for the photos.) 

The upscale sports bar, part of a mini chain, closed after service on Sunday.

Per the door signage, they'll be merging with the Chelsea outpost later this summer...
The EV Ainsworth opened in December 2017

Previously, this corner space was home to Village Pourhouse, the pub-crawling hosting hotspot ... for 11 years. 

And all together now — bring back the Roll-n-Roaster!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

1st Avenue old-timer Royal Bangladesh Indian Restaurant has closed

Royal Bangladesh on First Avenue at Sixth Street has not been open for several weeks, per multiple readers. Yelp also lists the restaurant as closed.

EVG contributor Stacie Joy caught this shot of the rolldown gate open over the weekend ... showing a for-rent sign on the storefront...
The colorful BYOB standby on the lower level here first opened in 1978. 

With this closure, Panna II, who runs Milon these days, is the sole restaurant at the address...  bringing an end to the era of theatrical hosts trying to get passersby to eat in their establishment, insisting that their food is superior. 

This article at 6sqft has a nice recap of the restaurants here; Eater too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Desert Rose Café has apparently closed on 9th Street

Photos by Steven 

Workers were spotted clearing out Desert Rose CafĂ© the other day at 350 E. Ninth St. just west of First Avenue. 

Google lists the Café as "permanently closed" now... though there isn't any mention of a closure on its social media properties...
The CafĂ©, which offered a vareity of breakfast and lunch options, including crĂȘpes, wraps and salads, just opened last July.

This space was last very briefly O Ramen Dim Sum M, which tried to open during the pandemic without success. And previously: beQu Juice was here until November 2019 after nearly six years in business.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Updated: Raclette will reopen on July 29

Photos by Stacie Joy 

Updated 6/26: Signage at the restaurant states they will now reopen on July 29.

Raclette has closed at 511 E. 12th St. 

Multiple readers told us about the "closed" sign on the door here between Avenue A and Avenue B. Owner Edgar Villongco also confirmed the news to Eater. There isn't any mention of the closure yet on the restaurant's social media properties. 

The restaurant, which served French and Swiss Raclette, Croques and Tartine, opened in a 14-seat space on Avenue A in February 2015... before moving to these larger confines in September 2016...
No. 511 was previously home to Northern Spy (2010-2016).

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Akina Sushi has not been open lately

Several readers have noted that Akina Sushi has been dark in recent weeks at 424 E. 14th St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.

Yelp lists the restaurant as closed... and the phone is not in service. (Delivery is also no longer available via the usual third-party apps.)

Owner Tim Chang opened Akina Sushi in December 2008... and fans of the restaurant have noted their appreciation of the staff, including Tim's wife Nicole and sometimes his mother. His sister May owned the now-closed nail salon next door. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Retail space at 44 Avenue B hits the rental market

Photo by Stacie Joy 

This storefront at 44 Avenue B is now on the rental market ... the 1,800-square space between Third Street and Fourth Street has a monthly ask of $17,495, per the listing

The leasing marks the official end of Remix here, a clothing store selling a variety of streetwear, including brands like Doc Martens, Fred Perry and Izod. 

They opened in early 2020 and didn't have much time to get established before the PAUSE of March 2020... they eventually reopened, though the hours seemed sporadic.  

No. 44 was previously a laundromat.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Strings Ramen shutters on 2nd Avenue

Photos by Steven 

Strings Ramen has closed at 188 Second Ave. on the SE corner of 12th Street.

Last night was the grand finale for the Chicago-based ramen chainlet.
The sign for patrons states, in part: "Due to COVID, we have experienced extremely tough time for running the business... We are truly sorry and sad to see this happen." 

Strings, a regular on the best-of ramen lists in its home turf of Chicago, never had much of a chance here... opening in early February 2020, with about six weeks of business before the pandemic-era PAUSE of March 2020. (And it also doesn't help that the neighborhood has a lot of ramen options.)

As previously noted, the restaurants at 188 Second Ave. haven't fared well in recent years (at least since old-timer Shima got rent-hiked out of here in January 2014). Lumos Kitchen lasted three months in 2018. Others to make quick departures in the past five years were Hot Pot Central, DumplingGuo and Dumpling Go.

Thai Direct has closed on Avenue A

We're closing the book on Thai Direct at 131 Avenue A between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street.

Management for Thai Direct announced on Instagram that the last day was March 27. (They also announced a closure in February due to a COVID-related rent dispute with the landlord only to reopen for what turned out to be another seven weeks.)

We still thought they might find a way to return. Now, though, someone has cleared out the space...
The quick-serve establishment, which billed itself as offering a healthy take on Thai street food, opened here in September 2018. It was a nice spot. 

Thanks to Steven for the photos

Updated 5/1

The for-rent sign is now on the storefront...

Monday, April 18, 2022

Closing day at Panya on Stuyvesant Street

Photos by Stacie Joy 

Panya, the Japanese bakery at 8 Stuyvesant St., closed for good on Saturday evening, marking the fourth and last of the businesses owned by Yoshida Restaurant Group to shut down here between Ninth Street and Third Avenue. 

Village Yokocho, Angel's Share and Sunrise Mart have shuttered in recent weeks. Cooper Union, which leases the buildings from their owners and had subleased them to the Yoshida Restaurant Group for more than 25 years, said it was the tenants' decision to move on. (This post has more background.)
EVG contributor Stacie Joy visited the bakery two and a half hours before closing. There were a few items left on the shelves... the kitchen was already closed...
The manager said that some employees had worked at Panya for years — several since they were young adults. One worker was seen crying.
Panya opened here in 1994. 

Like the other businesses in this corridor, they will be missed...