On the Upper West Side, the Westside Independent brings word of several new retailers. On the corner of 92nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, a new restaurant called Kikuchi Sushi is opening. Valley Drugs has begun welcoming customers at 850 Amsterdam Avenue near 101st Street, where another drug store once stood. A Mediterranean eatery called Vareli is opening at 2869 Broadway between 111th and 112th streets.
After closing its Dumbo location, Mexican eatery Hecho en Dumbo is establishing a new location on the Lower East Side at 354 Bowery near 4th Street. Nearby, a new restaurant called JC Hibachi is opening at 198a Orchard Street at the corner of East Houston Street.
The owners of Queens’ mainstay 5 Burro Café will be opening a Red Hook location at 127 Columbia Street in April, which will feature an outdoor margarita bar. In Downtown Brooklyn, Eater said signage saying “restaurant coming soon” is up at 189 Bridge Street in the ground floor space of the Bridgeview Tower residential building. Meanwhile, a new boutique called Brooklyn Charm is opening at 145 Bedford Street in Williamsburg.
Rumors are spreading that the ultra-trendy nightclub Le Baron, which has outposts in Paris and Tokyo, is planning a New York City location.
Amid these openings, there were a few closings.
Sharz Cafe & Wine Bar at 435 East 86th Street, between York and First avenues, has closed, and a sign in the storefront says “sayonara.” The restaurant’s outgoing voice message indicated that it closed “due to the economy.”
In the East Village, EV Grieve brings word that Café Brama is closing its doors after about 14 years at 157 Second Avenue near 10th Street. Rumors have been circulating that Grocer John’s is facing closure at 19 West 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. In the Financial District, Ryan Maguire’s Ale at 28 Cliff Street between Fulton and John streets was ravaged by a fire. A couple of Upper West Side stores have closed: AT & T on 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues and the 1 Hour Custom Framing store on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th streets, although it will be reopening in a new space on Broadway, between those same two streets.