Openings and closings: Public Fare opens, Chelsea galleries on summer vacation

June 10, 2009 05:01PM

alternate textIstanbul Turkish Cuisine (left) is opening; Shop has closed.

A new cocktail lounge, Empire Room, is slated to open on the ground floor of the Empire State Building. Danny Meyer’s Public Fare at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park soft opened to the public yesterday. Le Gamin, a food truck offering sandwiches and fries, also made its Midtown debut yesterday. Swarovski may lease the former Sergio Rossi space at Fifth Avenue near 54th Street. China Construction Bank has opened its first New York City branch at 1095 Sixth Avenue. Frame Gourmet Eatery will be opening soon on 33rd Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues after reports that it would open in March. Star chef Geoffrey Zakarian will launch the Lamb’s Club On East 44th Street in September. Tattoo artist to the stars Friday Jones is slated to open a spa-like tattoo parlor July 14 inside Senses NY Salon and Spa at 138 Fifth Avenue Near 19th Street. Roof garden lounge Oasis has opened at the Hotel Giraffe in Gramercy Park. Mediterranean spot Pierre Lote West opened Monday at 258 West 15th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Hotel Griffou in the former Marylou’s Space On West 9th Street has opened its doors to celebrities only. A Vegas-style wedding chapel will open at 139 Norfolk Street in July. Originally slated to open on May 18, Civetta is now set to open next week at 98 Kenmare Street in Soho.
In Brooklyn, a German beer garden is slated to open by June 17 at 710 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. Ignazio’s Pizza has opened at 4 Water Street in Dumbo. Stumptown coffee shop is coming to 219 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. Draft beer and grill restaurant Kebeer will open at 1003 Brighton Beach Avenue. A Turkish restaurant is coming to the former NoNo Kitchen space at 293 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope.
As these stores and restaurants open, a few retailers are closing. Danskin, at 159 Columbus Avenue at 67th Street, has temporarily closed following a landlord dispute. Lower East Side boutique Shop at 94 Orchard Street has shuttered after being in the neighborhood for more than 10 years. Several Chelsea art galleries are shuttering for the summer, many taking the opportunity to move to less expensive spaces or to renovate. TRD