Openings and closings: Munchies opens, Old Brooklyn Parlor closes

August 21, 2009 04:07PM

From left: Munchies opening, Old Brooklyn Parlor closing (left photo source:

The Little Pie Company is reportedly opening a new location in Tribeca near Greenwich and Chambers streets. Munchies is reopening at 179 Essex Street on the corner of East Houston Street. A new women’s clothing boutique, Tia’s, is opening in Grand Central Station. Famed pizza restaurateur Nate Appleman is co-opening Pulino Bar and Pizzeria with Keith McNally in the Bowery. It is not yet clear where the specific location will be. Anna Sui for Target will launch a pop-up shop from September 10 through 12, at 54 Crosby Street on the corner of Spring Street. Lot Less Closeouts is taking over the 18,000-square-foot space at 95 Fulton Street, that was the home of the Strand Books annex. Yerba Buena Perry, a bar and restaurant, has opened at One Perry Street on the corner of Greenwich Avenue.

Chef Laurent Tourondel’s new restaurant, BLT Grill, has applied for a liquor license at 123 Washington Street in the W Hotel. It is the most recent addition to Tourondel’s restaurant line-up, which includes BLT Steak and BLT Prime.

Several high-end Manhattan restaurants are taking a summer break, while their clientele vacations. The spots taking end-of-summer hiatuses include Cafe des Artistes at One West 67th Street near Central Park West; La Grenouille at Three East 52nd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues; Café Boulud at 20 East 76th Street on the corner of Madison Avenue; Chanterelle at Two Harrison Street near Leonard Street; and Le Cirque at 151 East 58th Street between Lexington and Third avenues.

Bia Garden has reportedly delayed its opening, yet again. Its final home is set to be at 154 Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington streets.

Miro Cafe in Soho at 474 Broadway between Grand and Broome streets has reportedly gone bankrupt. Mikey’s Pet Shop at 130 East Seventh Street on the corner of Avenue A is closing, reportedly due to a $20,000 rent hike.

The Record & Tape Center at 439 Fifth Avenue on the corner of Ninth Street in Park Slope appears to be putting its space up for rent. Clinton Hill’s Old Brooklyn Parlor is reportedly closing its doors at 564 Vanderbilt Avenue.

While beloved 27-year Lower East Side establishment Five Roses Pizza may have closed in November, the former owner of the restaurant at 173 First Avenue on the corner of 11th Street reportedly found a happy ending: She’s now making pizza in Jamaica — the island, not the neighborhood — and is loving it.

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