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Openings and closings: Spektre opens, Telephone Bar and Grill closes … and more

January 15, 2010 06:19PM

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From left: Spektre at 287 Third Avenue, Telephone Bar and Grill at on Second Avenue and 9th Street

On the Lower East Side, a new restaurant called Pizza Junkie is opening in the former Morale Foods space at 11 Stanton Street. Expanding to Manhattan, Williamsburg coffee shop Atlas is opening up a place on Clinton Street near Delancey Street.

In the Financial District, a café is slated to open in the former Soda Shop space at 125 Chambers Street. In Soho, accessory shop So Good has opened at 496 Broadway near Howard Street.

In the East Village, the owners of Artichoke Pizza are slated to open Led Zeppole tonight, an Italian dessert shop at 328 East 14th Street between First and Second avenues. Over in the West Village, a new cafe/newsstand will occupy 1,500 square feet of ground-floor space at 225 Varick Street between Carmine and Downing streets. Heading to the West Village, Lower East Side’s Mexican spot Mole is now open in the old Mi Cocina space at 57 Jane Street, while a new restaurant called Olio has opened at 3 Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and Christopher Street.

A new Indian restaurant is opening at 155 Eighth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets in Chelsea. Restaurant mogul Jefferey Chodorow will open a new Basque restaurant on the second floor of the Eventi hotel on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th streets.

In Midtown, chicken spot Kyochon is opening on Fifth Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets. Kosher eatery Café Combination is open at 20 West 44th Street. Clothing retailer Aeropostale is coming to the 17,000-square-foot space at 1515 Broadway, the former home of the MTV Store in Times Square. Koi has abandoned plans to open a location at 347 Bowery in the current Salvation Army building and has resigned its lease at the Bryant Park hotel at 40 West 40th Street.

In Brooklyn, antique shop Kill Devil Hill at 170 Franklin Street will be available for rent on a daily basis until the shop reopens April 1. The former mSnap store on Franklin Avenue and Park Place is being reopened as a community arts space called LaunchPad.  A waterfront eatery overlooking the New York Harbor will open soon on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6.  A new gallery called Spektre just opened at 287 Third Avenue in Gowanus. A nail salon and spa is set to open tomorrow at 210 State Street in Brooklyn Heights.

One retailer is on the hunt for space. Carroll Gardens pizzeria Lucali’s is looking to open a Manhattan outpost.

Amid these openings, there have been some closings. Italian spot I Tre Merli has temporarily closed for renovations at 463 West Broadway Soho.  In the East Village, British pub Telephone Bar and Grill is shuttering after 22 years in business on Second Avenue and 9th Street. In Greenwich Village, chain restaurant Pizzeria Uno on Sixth Avenue and 8th Street has shuttered.

In Brooklyn, baking company Old London is closing its plant at 1776 Eastchester Road in Morris Park. Turkish restaurant Halikarnas has shuttered at 3075 Emmons Avenue between Batchelder Street and Bay View Court in Sheepshead Bay.

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