Il Cibreo, an Italian restaurant on 2888 Broadway between 112th and 113th that lasted about a year and a half closed this week to make way for a new concept: Mexican food! A new restaurant called Amigos is expected to open in the same spot on Friday, offering mid-priced Mexican fare, an employee told us. “There aren’t a lot of Mexican places around here,” he said.
Employees told Stephanie Keogh, our tipster, that the new place will feature food from “different chefs every month and will offer a different Mexican themed menu.”
That location has seen numerous restaurants come and go in recent years. Il Cibreo replaced Campo, which lasted about three years after replacing Pertutti. Il Cibreo hired hotshot chef Ryan Skeen, but clearly couldn’t break the curse. The restaurants tended to offer drink specials to thirsty Columbia students.
Does this switch mark a trend toward Mexican food on the Upper West Side? American restaurant Recipe on 81st became Mexican spot Cocina Economica. Rigoletto pizza on 69th and Columbus became El Mitote. Thai Nam on 80th just became Oaxaca. And now…Amigos!
For other recent openings and closings, click here.
Thanks to Stephanie Keogh for the tip and photo.