Openings and closings: Chelsea Market retailers open, two Midtown food carts close

September 18, 2009 11:44AM

Turkish baklava spot Gulluoglu has opened its Midtown East location at 982 Second Avenue at 52nd Street.
The Chelsea Market at 15th Street and Ninth Avenue is welcoming three new places to indulge: a chocolatier, a store specializing in rare beers and Dickson’s Farmstand Meats. Other tenants are reportedly in negotiations to open in the market.

Italian restaurant Civetta, at 98 Kenmare Street between Cleveland Place and Mulberry Street, has arrived. New seafood spot Rockfish is scheduled to open at 310 Bleecker Street near the corner of Grove Street. Menswear retailer Seize sur Vingt is moving to 78 Greene Street on the corner of Spring Street. A sandwich shop has opened at 35 Orchard Street near the corner of Hester Street. An unknown new shop is opening at the corner of Grand and Clifton streets. Early reports suggest that it will be a retail spot and eatery. Standard Sausages, Bacon Beer and Batali Lunching opens Sept. 18 at the Standard Hotel at 848 Washington Street on the corner of West 13th Street. Boutique retailer Change of Season opened at 341 East 9th Street
between First and Second avenues.
Piccola Cucina, the restaurant that endured an unfortunate health
department closure in August, is set to reopen at 184 Prince Street
between Thompson and Sullivan streets, shortly. In the Financial District, Ancora is planning to open an annex called Pasta Bar at 11 Stone Street off of Broadway.

Uptown, Community Food & Juice at 2893 Broadway near the corner of 113th Street, which shuttered after a severe grease fire, is planning to reopen Sept. 23.

Jennifer Aniston is reportedly joining the myriad celebrities interested in the restaurant biz — word on the street is that she wants to open a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, an accessories boutique is set to open in Carroll Gardens at 488 Court Street on the corner of Luquer Street. Two new eateries, a Mexican restaurant and a cafe, plan to set up shop in Park Slope on the corner of President Street and Fifth Avenue. Williamsburg will see Pies ‘n’ Thighs BBQ restaurant reopen at 351 Kent Avenue on the corner of South 4th Street. Mercat Negre is opening at 65 Grand Street between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg. New pizza restaurant Vertuccio’s is reportedly opening at 232 North 12th Street on the corner of Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint.

On Staten Island, the Chamber of Commerce is adding several new retailers to the St. George Ferry Terminal. So far four spots, Island Soft Pretzel, Statue of Liberty Deli, the Cobbler and Fresh Juice and Ice Cream Delights, have signed on.

With the rough summer market, it’s tough to keep track of all the restaurant closings — in fact, it’s so tough that Eater kept a tally. On the bright side, Eater is also keeping track of the remaining September restaurant openings in the city.

Steak Truck on Park Avenue and 47th Street is considering moving to a different part of the city. Cops seized two lunch carts on 43rd Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway.
While El Rey del Sabor was suspected to be the next one down, reports show that the food cart was allowed to stay today.

In Queens, Ozone Park is losing 86-year veteran Sukon’s, a children’s furniture store located at 13521 Crossbay Road on the corner of Linden Boulevard.