Openings and closings: Lovely Day opens, Le Souk closes

From left: Lovely Day at 196 Elizabeth Street, Le Souk at 47 Avenue B

In the East Village, the ground floor of the new Cooper Union building at 7 East 7th Street will be occupied by an information center for the show Performa 09, which runs through Nov. 22.

Small plates restaurant Mini Bar will open on 7th Street near Avenue A.

Le Souk
has officially shuttered at 47 Avenue B Near 4th Street. Its location at 510 Laguardia Place will remain open. Butcher Bay has closed temporarily on East 5th Street. Habib’s Place on Avenue A near 6th Street has suddenly closed. Spanish tapas restaurant Xunta has closed its doors on 1st Avenue near 11th Street.

On the Lower East Side, Uo Sushi has quietly opened at 51 Rivington Street between Clinton and Suffolk streets.

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In Soho, Viet-Nam Bánh Mì So 1 will open in the shuttered chocolate shop Divalicious at 365 Broome Street. James Coviello opened his first retail store yesterday at 70 Orchard Street between Broome and Grand streets. After a year of being closed, Lovely Day restaurant reopened 196 Elizabeth Street between Prince and Spring streets. The Mott restaurant closed for renovations after being open for a few months at 173 Mott Street at the corner of Broome Street.

In Midtown, Ebay will open a pop-up shop at 3 West 57th Street in time for the holidays. Hale & Hearty Soups has signed a lease for space on 40th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, according to a press release.

Further uptown, Pastry chef François Payard has opened chocolate shop François Chocolate Bar at 714 Madison Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets. And popular Upper West Side restaurant Good Enough to Eat closed temporarily at 483 Amsterdam Avenue near 83rd Street after inspectors discovered a gas leak.

In Harlem, fast-food chain Checkers will open a location on 125th Street before Broadway in the old Famous Seafood space. St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center has signed a long-term lease for 3,000 square feet at the corner of West 147th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, according to a press release. There’s no word yet on how the space will be utilized.

In Brooklyn, a former clothing store at 672 Fulton Street will be turned into a beauty parlor in Fort Greene. Saffron has recently opened at 31 Hanson Place. In Williamsburg, Pies ‘n’ Thighs at 166 South 4th Street is slated to open between Thanksgiving and Christmas after originally being set to open in June 2008. The Brooklyn Kitchen is coming to 100 Frost Street between Leonard Street and Meeker Avenue. Cafe DuCharme has opened at 668 President Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope. French restaurant La Petite Provence will open at 55 Smith Street between DeGraw and Douglass streets in Carroll Gardens in the former Patois space. Retail mainstays Stitch Therapy and Brooklyn Mercantile will now be “cohabitating” on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets.

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