Showing posts with label closings 2024. Show all posts
Showing posts with label closings 2024. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Planet Taco exits East Village orbit

Photos by Steven 

Planet Taco shut down its East Village operations on Sunday, bringing an end to the shop's three-plus-year run at 141 Second Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street. 

In a note to patrons, ownership blamed "rising costs" for the closure...
The Planet Taco on Ninth Avenue remains open.

Planet Taco opened in March 2021 and received generally positive reviews from readers and critics

The address previously housed Otto's Tacos for seven years. Before that, many things came and went here, such as Good Guys, a Subway (sandwich shop), part of a Max Brenner outpost and Burritoville (!!!).

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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

On 3rd Avenue, Cutlets and the world's narrowest weed shop have closed

A for-lease sign hangs on the storefront at 99 Third Ave., marking the official end of Cutlets here between 12th Street and 13th Street. 

Richard Zaro of Zaro's Family Bakery was behind this quick-serve deli concept that touted "quality sandwiches made with premium ingredients." And they were pretty good. 

Cutlets launched as a delivery-only business in July 2020, expanding into a Flatiron District pop-up in late 2020 ... before opening a flagship location on West 35th Street. The EV location debuted on Dec. 1, 2021. (There was a Cutlets opening on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, but those plans were squashed.) 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Kōbo by Nai has not been open lately

Kōbo by Nai has been dark the past few weeks at 202 Avenue A between 12th Street and 13th Street.

There isn't any notice of a temporary or permanent closure on the storefront or online. The Mediterranean restaurant no longer accepts reservations, and Kōbo has been removed from the main Nai website

Meanwhile, someone looks to be packing up the interior...
The restaurant opened in late 2022. This is the second establishment from Chef Ruben Rodriguez to close in the East Village in recent months, following Emilia by Nai on First Avenue.

Rodriguez still operates the original Nai at 84 Second Ave. near Fifth Street and Bad Hombre at 29 Second Ave. 

Also on the block, Borrachito Taqueria & Spirits will not reopen at 206 Avenue A. It has been dark since January. Someone painted the marquee and added Bar TBA on March 30. (Thanks to EVG reader Joe for this photo from March.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Closing notices: J-Spec Wagyu Dining and Esora Omakase on 5th Street

Photo from October 2020 by Jacob Ford 

The owners of J-Spec Wagyu Dining and Esora Omakase have announced that they are closing the 44-seat restaurant at 239 E. Fifth St. at the end of April. 

Here's part of an email they sent out last evening (thanks to the EVG reader for the tip)...
Regrettably, after careful consideration, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we will be closing our restaurant at the end of this month. This decision was not made lightly and comes after much reflection on various factors, BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE GONE FOREVER. 

We want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support over the years. It has been our utmost pleasure to serve you, and we are truly grateful for the memories and experiences we have shared together.

As we approach the closing date, we will provide you with further details regarding any upcoming events, possible transition arrangements, and how we plan to bid farewell. 

While we embark on this new chapter, we will continue to strive to provide you with the best service possible until our last day of operation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your patronage and loyalty throughout the years. It has been an honor to serve you, and we will cherish the memories we've made together. 
J-Spec, an abbreviation for "Japan-Specification," opened here between Second Avenue and Cooper Square in November 2020 ... taking over part of the former Jewel Bako space. 

 Tomoe Food Services Inc., a Waygu supplier, owns and operates the restaurant. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Dan & John's has closed its original East Village location after 9 years

Thanks to @410E9th for the initial tip and top photo
2nd photo by Steven

Dan & John's Wings has closed its first location, 135 First Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street. Sunday was the last day in service here. 

Management said they couldn't come to terms with the landlord on rent for a new lease. 

Dan & John's opened on First Avenue in October 2015... and expanded the space to include a dining room in May 2018

Friends Dan Borowski and John Henninger started their business in 2013 at Smorgasburg using recipes they learned working in bars and pizzerias in their native Buffalo.
Dan & John's outposts remain open in Murray Hill, Chelsea and the Dekalb Market Hall in downtown Brooklyn.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

After 8 years in the East Village, Fortnight Institute has closed its doors

Fortnight Institute, an art gallery that billed itself as a public salon, closed on Tuesday. 

Founders Fabiola Alondra and Jane Harmon made the announcement on Instagram: 
We deeply appreciate and are thankful to our gallery team, to the artists, supporters, visitors, curators, collectors, writers, and interns throughout the years, for their contributions and involvement in Fortnight Institute's life. Fortnight Institute was established in 2016, and now, eight years later, its journey has completed its full circle with its closure in 2024, reminiscent of the cyclic nature of the ouroboros. 

At the heart of our gallery's inception was the desire to experiment and collaborate closely with artists. Keeping this priority in mind, we, as advocates for creative expression, engaged in numerous discussions. We questioned whether we would need to adopt a more market-oriented approach and further expand the gallery to support our artists. Amidst these conversations, we reflected on the most enjoyable and valuable aspects of running this space. 

Ultimately, these discussions led us to reaffirm our commitment to a mission centered on creativity and artist-driven endeavors — a mission that resonates deeply within us and one that we aspire to nurture in our future endeavors. With this pursuit in mind, after eight fulfilling years, Fortnight Institute is concluding this chapter of our lives with gratitude and fulfillment. 
What turned out to be Fortnight's final exhibition featured paintings by Cheri Smith. It had been scheduled to run through April 20

Per artnet: "The gallery was instrumental in launching and supporting the careers of numerous figures who went on to fame, such as the London-based figurative painter Somaya Critchlow and New York's Chris Oh, a creator of beguiling sculptural paintings."

Fortnight Institute opened on Fourth Street Second Avenue and the Bowery in April 2016 ... before relocating a block away to 31 E. Third St.

Friday, March 29, 2024

The Avenue Cafe is closing tomorrow on St. Mark's Place

Tomorrow (March 30) is the last day in service for The Avenue Cafe at 102 St. Mark's Place between Avenue A and First Avenue.

Per an Instagram message: "Though the time was short, the experience and support will last a lifetime. It’s been real NYC!"

The post also mentioned some upcoming "sweet" news about the space (which we heard is a new vendor taking over the storefront).

The independent/minority-owned shop, which opened in October and offers a variety of coffee drinks and housemade pastries, recently reduced its hours to weekends only.

We heard from a few bummed-out EVG readers who were fans of The Avenue. 

This marked the first storefront for the owners after two-plus years inside the Jamaica Market food hall in Queens.

The previous tenant at No. 102 was another short-lived cafe concept — Compilation Coffee.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Awash in debt, Body Shop shuts down operations

Photos by Stacie Joy 

The Body Shop announced that its U.S. operations would shut down immediately. According to published reports, it filed for Chapter 7 insolvency on Saturday, under which assets are sold to clear debts.

The outpost on Broadway at Astor Place was said to have closed on Sunday...
Some background via The Associated Press
The Body Shop, founded by Anita Roddick and her husband in 1976, is often hailed as an early champion of ethical practices in business. The retailer of soaps, creams and makeup has promoted fair-trading practices and products that were not tested on animals.

The brand became hugely popular in the 1980s ... and grew to have stores in some 80 countries, including many operated through franchises.
(A show of hands who bought the bath pearls collection as a gift sometime between 1987 and 1993.)

In 2006, Roddick sold the business to L’Oreal ... and the brand changed hands several times in recent years, first to Brazilian cosmetics business Natura and then to Aurelius, a private equity firm specializing in buying and turning around troubled companies.

Monday, March 11, 2024

PLNT Burger closes its Union Square outpost

After two-plus years at 139 Fourth Ave. between 13th Street and 14th Street, PLNT Burger has shut this outpost... as of this past Friday along this corridor featuring other fast-casual brands like Cava and Dos Toros.

Meanwhile, PLNT Burger fans can get their fix at 1147 Broadway...
Here's more via an Instagram message
This decision follows the growth of our other Manhattan locations, leading us to consolidate our operations in New York. 

We are extremely thankful and proud of our team, journey, and accomplishments in Union Square. We are looking forward with optimism and excitement to the continued growth of our Nomad location and the continued expansion of our brand on the East Coast. 
This was the first NYC outpost for the Virginia-based chain via celebrity chef-Food Network star Spike Mendelsohn ... the brand also has locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, among other places.

Perk Espresso & Coffee Bar closes on 14th Street

Perk Espresso & Coffee Bar is officially done at 534 E. 14th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

EVG readers Russell K. and East Village Tours spotted workers removing equipment on Saturday... this after the shop had been closed in recent weeks during announced business hours. 

Perk has two other locations, in Murray Hill and the UES. 

The shop debuted in March 2019.

Goodbye Dolly

Photo by Steven

An item we didn't get a chance to previously mention ... a for-lease sign recently arrived at 137 First Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street. 

This marks the official end of the ice cream and waffle shop The Dolly Llama. The business had been closed since last summer, with a note for patrons announcing "temporarily closed for remodeling and a refreshed look." This was odd, seeing how it only opened in March 2023. 

A rep previously told us in October that they hoped to be back open soon.

The Dolly Llama started in Los Angeles in 2017 and has multiple locations in the United States now

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Koko Wings has apparently closed on 1st Avenue

Koko Wings looks to be done at 192 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street. 

The quick-serve restaurant specializing in Korean fried chicken has been closed in recent weeks. Google lists them as "temporarily closed." No one responded to our requests for comment. 

Meanwhile, the retail space is on the rental market via Meridian Capital Group. The asking rent is $13,500. 

Perhaps in an early sign of distress this past summer, Koko Wings began advertising a price drop and that tipping was not necessary (photo from July by Steven)...
Koko Wings debuted in December 2019... this was already a wing-friendly corridor along First Avenue with Dan and John's and Atomic Wings... then Buffalo Wild Wings opened early last fall ... plus, there's Wingstop around the corner on 14th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue.

Monday, February 26, 2024

On 5th Street, Etérea announces a March 30 closing date

Etérea, the vegan Mexican restaurant in Overthrow Hospitality's portfolio, will close at 511 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B at the end of March. 

In an Instagram post, Overthrow said the restaurant that opened in April 2021 "has not achieved the level of success we had hoped for." 

They also cited the death of Etérea Chef Victor Hernandez, who suffered a stroke on Dec. 26, as "a void that cannot be filled."


Starting March 4, Etérea will only be open for dinner, Wednesday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m. The last day is March 30. 

Overthrow will be unveiling a new concept for the space this summer.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Sidney's Five closes on Friday

Photo of Sidney's Five partners Kai Woo, Walker Chambliss,
 Edie Ugot and David Lowenstein from June 2021 by Stacie Joy

Sidney's Five has announced its closure after nearly three years at 103 First Ave. between Sixth Street and Seventh Street. 

Here's part of the Sidney's notice via Instagram
After nearly 3 years of Corn Dogs, Dirty Fundy’s, and Burgers, our chapter in the East Village is coming to a close. In true Sidney’s fashion, we will not mourn but celebrate our time with you all with one last hurrah! Our last service is officially Friday, February 23rd, so let’s close it out with a bang. 

While we absolutely hate saying goodbye, every single person who walked in and hung out with us made us remember the reason why we opened up in the first place. Our community, our loyal patrons, our dedicated and truly one-of-a-kind staff, old and new, you created such an environment that will be hard to let go of but will forever be remembered. Be proud of that ... Until we see each other again! Xoxo 
Readers we talked with liked Sidney's Five with its kitschy seaside motel vibe... though there were seemingly some identity problems, per these readers — was it a bar that served food or a restaurant with a bar? 

Sidney's Five debuted in May 2021

The East Village outpost of Chinatown favorite Dim Sum Go Go has closed

Top photo by Steven; 2nd photo by Stacie Joy 

Dim Sum Go Go's stay in the East Village was short-lived. 

A for-rent sign is now posted on the storefront at 221 First Ave. between 13th Street and 14th Street. 

The EV space has been closed — initially temporarily — since early February...signage pointed to an "electrical issue."
In an Instagram message, a restaurant rep told us they closed "due to intense competition in the area, despite our relentless efforts."

They went on to offer a thank you: "We want to express our gratitude to the vibrant restaurants nearby ... We sincerely appreciate the support from our loyal customers and eagerly anticipate welcoming everyone to our Chinatown establishment."

Dim Sum Go Go fans in the East Village can order their food via the Chinatown branch on various delivery apps or from the restaurant's website.

The EV location just debuted this past September. And it took a while to get here: signage first arrived in July 2021, and between the pandemic and some bureaucratic issues, the opening kept getting pushed back. 

This was the second outpost for the restaurant that made the Michelin Bib Gourmand list last year. The flagship space at 5 E. Broadway in Chinatown opened in 2000. 

Thanks to the EVG reader for the tip about the lease signage!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Boris & Horton, NYC's first dog-friendly cafe, announces the 'devastating' decision to close on Feb. 26

Photo by Claire Esparros via the Boris & Horton website 

Updated 2/28: The cafe will remain open. Read more about it here.


After six years anchoring the NW corner of Avenue A and 12th Street, Boris & Horton, the city's first dog-friendly cafe, announced today that it was closing effective Feb. 26. 

The notice came via Instagram from daughter-father co-owners Logan Mikhly and Coppy Holzman... the brand is also closing the newer Williamsburg location...
Ownership did not offer a specific reason behind the closings and said they were opting to "celebrate the great times we've had as New York's first dog-friendly cafe." 

For the next 11 days, Boris & Horton will sell merchandise and fixtures "at a deep discount." 

Later in 2018, Boris & Horton expanded its footprint in the building along Avenue A.

News of the closing shocked regulars, with the Instagram post prompting hundreds of comments in less than 20 minutes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Closings: Emilia by Nai on 1st Ave.

Photo by Pinch

A for-rent sign hangs above 174 First Ave. (south storefront), marking the official end of Emilia by Nai here between 10th Street and 12th Street.

There's no mention of a closure on the restaurant's website or Instagram account. A "Closed for Private Event" sign had been on the storefront for months.

This was a return (circa June 2022) to the address for Chef Ruben Rodriquez, who ran Nai Tapas Bar in the subterranean space until a move to Second Avenue in 2018.

Rodriquez has several other restaurants in the neighborhood, including the recently opened Bad Hombre at 29 Second Ave. — the former Amigo.

Per the listing (PDF), the asking rent at 174 First Ave. is $18,500 a month.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Jolene set to close soon on Great Jones

ICYMI: Jolene, the bistro-cafe at 54 Great Jones St. between the Bowery and Lafayette, will close soon.

Gabriel Stulman, founder of the West Village-based restaurant group Happy Cooking Hospitality, made the announcement last week. 

Per the media alert that we received:
I'm writing to break the news that Jolene will be closing soon. We have had to write a letter like this before, and it never gets easier — but the experience has only strengthened my belief that we learn as much from our experiences that don't succeed as the ones that do. 

We didn't go looking for the restaurant that is Jolene, it found us. My kids went to school with the grandchild of the building owner. Over drop-off one day, a connection was made that unlocked the doors. We loved the tiny space and the block with its proud fire station... 

... we're leaving with our heads held high and we hope that all the good mojo will make the next keyholders of 54 Great Jones a storied success. 
Stulman started here with The Jones, an all-day cafe that opened in August 2019... changing concepts to Jolene, named after the Dolly Parton song, in May 2021.

The closing had been rumored since an application landed on the Community Board 2 website (PDF here) last month for a new concept via Eric Kruvant and Darin Rubell, who operate Mister Paradise on First Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.

Before The Jones, No. 54 was home to the Great Jones Cafe, which never reopened after Jim Moffett, the longtime owner, died in July 2018 at age 59. The Cafe, a popular yet low-key spot, first arrived in 1983.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Everytable has closed its Avenue B outpost (and every other NYC location)

Everytable, the Los Angeles-based fast-casual concept focused on healthy meals, has closed all NYC locations, including the outpost at 229 Avenue B between 13th Street and 14th Street. 

The gate has been down at Avenue B for several weeks. Google and Yelp both list the location as permanently closed. In fact, all the NYC outposts — we counted seven locations — have closed. 

An Everytable rep told an EVG reader: "Last week, we made the incredibly tough decision to leave New York for now." The rep said they would take a "step back in this moment to build a truly revolutionary company." (We reached out for comment as well.) 

The Everytable website no longer lists any NYC addresses, with 11 locations still serving in Southern California. 

Here's more about the company, per a June 2023 news release on a $25 million round of funding: 
Founded in 2016, Everytable is a mission-driven food company based in Los Angeles that fights for food justice and equality by providing healthy and nutritious food that is both accessible and affordable for everyone. Everytable is a multi-channel, fresh-prepared food business blending stores, subscriptions, delivery, and SmartFridges supplied by a central kitchen, with meals priced according to the neighborhood. 
The Avenue B location opened in May 2023

H/T EVG reader Diane Jones Randall