The old Saigon Grill space on 90th and Amsterdam Avenue is being renovated and will be turned into a supermarket, according to city permits and discussions with construction workers at the site.
Yes, it struck us as odd too.
The restaurant, which has been closed for about a year, is being completely rebuilt inside to hold a full supermarket. One worker said it would be a Foodtown. But Foodtown’s corporate offices never responded to our request for comment. There is one Foodtown in Manhattan on 148th street.
In any case, the space seems a bit small to accommodate a full market, but Upper West Siders are used to narrow aisles. And it could draw shoppers who once went to Food City at 94th street and Columbus. That market closed last year, much to the dismay of neighbors.
(Come to think of it, the construction worker or our tipster may have been confusing Foodtown with Food City. We’ll update if we learn more.)
Thanks to Daniela, Judd and Kenneth for tips.