H&H Bagels at 639 West 46th Street near Eleventh Avenue has been seized for tax reasons. Clothing brand Oilily, which has a location at 820 Madison Avenue according to the company Web site, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, while Zoe, a restaurant in Soho, did the same this week. Oklahoma Smoke, at 145th Street near Eighth Avenue, has closed. Purnima Restaurant at 245 West 54th Street is closed. Bunchberries, at 222 East 53rd Street near Third Avenue, has shuttered. The former Empanada Joe’s location on Eighth Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets will become Roma Pizza. Olympic Pita, on 38th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, has become Baraca. Evolution, at the corner of 4th Street and Second Avenue, is closed. Ruby’s fruit and vegetable stand at 400 Grand Street has closed. Pearl Theatre Company, currently at 80 St. Marks Place, is relocating to Midtown for its next season. NYC Icy’s Italian ice creams won’t be coming back to Manhattan this summer.
Amid these closings, other stores are launching or expanding. AJ Beauty Unisex Salon has signed a lease for space at 2255 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, according to CitySites Commercial Group, which represented the tenant. In Brooklyn, River Deli has signed a lease for 2-34 Columbia Place in Brooklyn Heights. In Williamsburg, Southeast Asian barbecue place Fatty ‘Cue is slated to open at 91 South 6th Street at Berry Street in the middle of the summer. The Brooklyn Pop-Up Wedding Chapel will be open for the month of June at 303 Grand Street between Havemeyer and Roebling streets in Williamsburg. Bklyn Larder, a food store, is scheduled to open in mid-June at 228 Flatbush Avenue between Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street in Park Slope. Purple Yam, a Pan-Asian restaurant, is set to open in July at 1314 Cortelyou Road between Argyle and East 14th streets in Ditmas Park. The Dollar Store at 633 Fulton Street in Fort Greene opens today. Mesa Cayoacan is slated to open soon in Williamsburg. Bark Hot Dogs is set to open next month at 474 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights.
In Manhattan, Iron Horse is opening soon on Cliff Street in the Financial District. Skin care company Dermalogica has leased space at 140 West 22nd Street to open a school. Naya Express is opening soon at 686 Third Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets. Restaurant Gus & Gabriel is set to open by midsummer at 222 West 79th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. The Dwyer Cultural Center, a performance and multimedia space, will open June 16 at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street in Harlem. Elsa La Reina de Chicharron is slated to open soon at 4894 Broadway at 204th Street. Grand Meridien Printing recently opened its new headquarters, at 31-16 Hunters Point Avenue in Long Island City. TRD