This week we have lots of openings and closings to report. There are tons of new places to stuff your face, including burger joints, fine dining establishments courtesy of Daniel Boulud, and a new sweets emporium getting ready to take over the mess of empty storefronts on Amsterdam Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets. And when you’re done overeating, you can walk, pot-bellied and sad-eyed, into all the new athletic clothing and footwear shops. Please please please send tips and photos of openings and closings to info at westsiderag dot com.
1. HomeGoods – The designer furniture and home decor chain opened a 26,000 square foot space on Sunday (Crain’s)
2. Party City – The party supply store has leased a 13,000 square foot space (New York Post)
3. Ricky’s – The Zabar family rented space to the beauty supply store after turning down banks and drugstores. (New York Post)
4. Mud coffee bar – A new coffee stand has opened inside of Osteria Cotta.
5. Klosty Hardware – The hardware store, around since 1946, is closing. (My Upper West)
6. Böc – The boutique is moving from Columbus Avenue to 79th and Broadway. Boc stood for “Boutique on Columbus”, making the old name a little awkward for the new Broadway spot. (Upper West Side Style)
8. Tamarind – The Indian restaurant is gone, but a new Thai joint, Thai Nam, already has its sign up.
9. Island Burgers & Shakes – A new steakhouse-style burger joint is planned for the space. (My Upper West)
10. Hummus Kitchen – The Mediterranean joint will be opening its fourth location in the city. (The Real Deal)
11. P&G Bar – The Upper West Side fixture, which had to move a few years ago, now may be closing down for good on May 31. The space will hopefully reopen under new management the next day. (Gothamist)
12. Sugar & Plumm Purveyors of Yumm – A new candy shop will open in place of a row of storefronts that have been empty for months. (DNAinfo)
13. Böc – See #6.
14. Jack Rabbit Sports – Location location location; the running shop is just steps from the end of the marathon and the start of a lot of Central Aprk traiunging runs.
15. Athleta – The Gap-owned sportswear store is coming to the old Lucky Brands spot this summer. (Crain’s)
16. Blossom du Jour – Organic/vegan/Kosher spot opening (My Upper West)
17. Leopard des Artistes – The new incarnation of Cafe des Artistes is open and serving Italian food. The famous murals are still up, but the bar has been moved. (New York Times)
18. Boulud Sud – Daniel Boulud’s new Mediterranean restaurant is now open.
19. Epicerie Boulud – Daniel Boulud’s other new venture also just opened, serving eat-in and take-out charcuterie, cheese and other delicacies.