Openings and closings: The Cat’s Pajama’s opens, Omala closes … and more

January 20, 2010 12:11PM

On the Upper East Side, Italian eatery Carpe Diem is moving into a space on 78th Street between Third and Lexington avenues.

For those who feel that eating pizza is both unwieldy and inconvenient, a new pizza-served-in-a-cone chain restaurant, K! Pizzacone, is opening in Midtown.

Food truck phenom DessertTruck is opening a permanent shop at 6 Clinton Street on the corner of East Houston Street on the Lower East Side. Also, a Mexican eatery, Hecho en Dumbo is opening at 354 Bowery on the corner of East 4th Street.

There’s lots of activity going on in Long Island City. The Cat’s Pajamas Hotel, a cage-free boarding facility for cats and other small animals, has opened up on the corner of 11th Street and Jackson Avenue. LIC market, a new eatery, is planning to move into 21-52 44th Drive Near 23rd Street. Yet another eatery is coming to the neighborhood, a Cuban grill and steakhouse called Madera, at 4729 Vernon Boulevard.

In Brooklyn, a Montreal-inspired deli, Mile’s End, is opening next Monday at 97 Hoyt Street in Cobble Hill. A tanning salon is opening at 317 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, at the former side of a tailor shop.

A couple of New York City gastronomic mainstays may be heading out of the boroughs. The former owner of popular Red Hook wine shop LeNell’s Wine and Spirits Boutique, LeNell Smothers, has announced she’s moving to Mexico, where she plans to open a bed and breakfast. Meanwhile, former Four Seasons chef Fabio Trabocchi says he might be headed to new opportunities in Washington, D.C.

Yoga boutique Omala, located at 400 Atlantic Avenue Boerum Hill, has announced that it will close late next month.


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