We’ve gotten quite a few tips about openings and closings in the low 70’s in the past week, but didn’t get a chance to post. Here are four recent closings and an opening:
Red Velvet bakery on 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam closed a week or so ago, after the bakery had just recently renovated and changed its name from Buttercup Cafe. Their $2 muffin and coffee special was among the best deals in the neighborhood, but perhaps it was a little too good.
The AT&T store on the south side of 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam has closed. That store has open and closed before, but it’s unclear if it will get another chance. A few weeks ago, the store was apparently burglarized, although that may not have been the reason for the closure.
Dinastia China, a Latin-Chinese spot with good fried chicken on 72nd, has closed by the Department of Health because of health violations. The violations included roaches, flies and evidence of mice or live mice. A sign outside said “Closed for Alterations”. Our anonymous tipster is hoping the place reopens soon: “It was awesome! I gave it a great review on UrbanSpoon. I hope they come out of it okay.”
Lastly, Älskling, a boutique run by a Swedish designer on Columbus near 70th Street, closed recently. Älskling means “darling” in Swedish. It was a favorite among musicians, who would often buy the clothes to wear for concerts, says New York magazine.
In place of Älskling, a new men’s clothing shop called EFOR just opened. It’s the second EFOR location in the city. They have a concept store in Chelsea. Tailored suits, skinny ties and the like.
Thanks to Beth, Robin, Kara and “anonymous” for the tips.