Openings and closings: Mario’s Pizza opens, Tokyo Bar closes

TRD New York /
Oct.October 26, 2009 06:17 PM

On the Lower East Side, Mario’s Pizza is coming to 147 East Houston Street in the former Chickpea space. Multipurpose store and event space Puro Chile has arrived at 221 Centre Street at Grand Street. In Soho, a temporary Gucci Icon pop-up has opened for two weeks on Crosby Street. Joe’s Bar has reopened after a temporary closing at 520 East 6th Street between avenues A and B. Construction is moving along at Pulinos Bar and Pizzeria on the corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Smoothie shop Xoom is slated to open on 7th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A.

In Greenwich Village, Italian bakery Piccola Cucina Focacceria has opened at 120 Macdougal Street between Bleecker and West 3rd streets. In Union Square, Burrito joint Dos Toros is coming to 137 Fourth Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. An “artisanal” chocolate shop called Chocolate is opening on Ninth Avenue near 20th Street in Chelsea. In Midtown, athletic shoe store Asics has opened its first Manhattan location at 51 West 42nd Street, near Bryant Park. Chilean sandwich shop Barros Locos celebrated its grand opening today on Second Avenue and 52nd Street. Sandwich shop Financier Patisserie has opened on Sixth Avenue between 47th and 48th streets in the walkway that goes through the Fox News Building.

On the Upper West Side, Daniel Boulud has confirmed that he’s bringing two new eateries to the corner of 63rd Street and Broadway and Texas-based crafts store Michaels Stores has opened in retail space at Columbus Square on Columbus Avenue between 97th and 100th streets. A new restaurant called Taberna will open on Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st streets in December. In Harlem, a new eatery is slated to open on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 112th and 113th streets.

Amid these openings, there have also been some closings. Tokyo Bar has shuttered at 277 Church Street due to “economic conditions”  Pamplona, a Spanish restaurant at 37 East 28th Street between Madison and Park avenues, is closing. On the Upper East Side, eatery Tiramisu at 1410 Third Avenue is in danger of closing and is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It has operated its location on the corner of East 80th Street and Third Avenue for over a decade.

In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has opened a third location at 412 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. Food store Goods will be coming to 115 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights. The Black Horse Pub has arrived at 568 Fifth Avenue at 16th Street in Park Slope.

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