Openings and closings: Best Yet opens, Question Mark Cafe closes … and more

TRD New York /
Feb.February 09, 2010 12:09 PM

In Harlem, the Best Yet supermarket has opened at 118th Street and Eighth Avenue in the retail space of the SOHA 118 condo, according to a press release sent yesterday.

On the Upper East Side, Bistro Vendome has opened at 405 East 58th Street between First Avenue and Sutton Place.

For Midtowners with a sweet tooth, a new pop-up bake shop, CookieBar, has opened inside a hair salon called Mizu at 505 Park Avenue between 59th and 60th streets, but plans to only stay open through Saturday.

In Chelsea, Ovest Pizzoteca by Luzzo, which will feature a wood- and gas-burning pizza cooker, is planning an imminent opening at 513 West 27th Street near 10th Avenue.

In the East Village, the V-Bar St. Marks has opened on the corner of St. Marks Place and First Avenue.

TriBeCafe is set to open today at 277 Church Street between White and Franklin streets, according to Tribeca Citizen.

In Brooklyn, a new Clinton Hill eatery called Nero Doro Café at 395 Classon Avenue on the corner of Greene Street has opened. Bedford Stuyvesant is getting a new supermarket on Fulton Street between Classon and Franklin avenues. The creative teams behind Kumquat Cupcakery and Liddbit Sweets are partnering up this week with a pop-up shop at Kill Devil Hill in Greenpoint, with plans to stay open through Valentine’s Day.

After a fire ravaged its storefront, Coney Island favorite Totonno’s pizzeria is scheduled to reopen tomorrow at 1524 Neptune Avenue.

After shuttering his Upper East Side restaurant Payard Patisserie & Bistro last spring, chef Francois Payard is planning to open two new pastry shops, the locations of which are not yet known.

Amid these openings, there were a few closings. Superdive bar at 200 Avenue A between 12th and 13th streets, which limited its business to so-called “winter hours” last month, reportedly saw its basement space shuttered by the Department of Buildings because that section of the venue was unsafe to occupy. After opening last September on First Avenue between St. Marks Place and Ninth Street, the Question Mark Café has been shuttered by the Department of Health, offering no immediate information on whether it will reopen in the future. At the Midtown eatery Wooriji on 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, the management has reportedly done away with a noodle bar that once occupied the restaurant’s back area. In Cobble Hill, rumors are circulating that Café on Clinton may have closed for good, with the eatery’s doors having been shuttered for over a month. The blog Greenpointers and the Village Voice both reported that the Greenpoint Coffee House at 195 Franklin Street between Freeman and Green streets is slated to close soon.

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