Openings and closings: DC Fusion Cafe open, Community Food damaged in fire

April 24, 2009 03:50PM

alternate textFrom left: Pret a Manger, Community Food & Juice

Pret a Manger is opening its first downtown store this summer at the northwest corner of 17th Street and Union Square, in the 1,700-square-foot former Tisserie space. The asking rent was $600,000 per year, and the final deal was in the low $500,000s, sources told The Real Deal. The Chatwal Hotel, at 130 West 44th Street, is still slated to open this year. DC Fusion Cafe has opened at 499 Seventh Avenue between 36th and 37th streets. Bistro Vendome is set to open in August in Midtown East. Jou Jou Cafe has opened at 24 Maiden Lane, in the former Andrew’s Tie space. Homegrown Kitchen has opened on the Bowery. Chef Paul Liebrandt told the New York Times that he might open a second restaurant in the near future. An Eater tipster files a dispatch from the space that will be home to Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen & Bar on the Bowery. Brooklyn Brewery’s retired co-founder, Tom Potter, hopes to open a whiskey and gin distillery as soon as next year. The Neptune Room space at 511 Amsterdam Avenue will reopen as an Italian restaurant within the next month. State Senator Marty Golden has closed his office at 3610 Quentin Road but opened one at 3604 Quentin Road.

Community Food & Juice, at 2893 Broadway Near 113th Street, was damaged in a fire this morning, with no word on whether the restaurant will close. The Starbucks on the corner of Astor Place And Third Avenue will close permanently tomorrow night. Cafe La Fenice, on Broadway between 68th and 69th streets, has closed, and the space will reopen under new ownership as Luce, an Italian restaurant. EV Grieve looks at business that have closed around Yankee Stadium.TRD