It’s been a rough week for quaint cafes, but burger and bicycling enthusiasts have a few things to cheer about. Check out some Upper West Side openings and closings below.
Sasha’s Coffee at 711 Amsterdam Avenue, between 94th and 95th streets, has closed. The quirky little shop was connected to a children’s painting and crafts studio next door. Thomas DeVito says the cafe was his favorite coffee spot in the neighborhood, and he’s ot sure why it closed. “[Owner] Alex was working on patenting some new, superior coffee making gizmo,”
Lincoln Cafe and Breadsoul on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd street both closed last Thursday quite suddenly, Mark tells us. “Windows covered with brown paper with a hand-written “We’re Closed” sign taped to window. I suspect the workers were unaware until end of shifts Wednesday… judging by their happy and always wonderful service on Wed. What a shame!” (At right, an image of Breadsoul when it was open.)
A newsstand right next door to the cafes
also closed is closing soon, Andrew says. The entire space, with 39 feet for Broadway frontage, is being leased through RFK. “The clerk told me a big tenant is coming, [points to the two stores empty next door]. He also told me RKF the company with the listing said they didn’t even want to raise the rent, and wanted a new ‘great store’ which is ‘just greediness.'”
Bolton’s is opening a new store on Broadway in the low 80’s, says Marsha. “I think it’s going where the Gymboree clothing place was,” she tells us. That would be at 2771 Broadway, between 81st and 82nd street.
Bareburger, originally set to open on Columbus Avenue just North of 97th street on April 6, now says it will open on April 11. After waiting more than a year, what’s another few days! They’re also looking for employees.
A long-awaited SoulCycle is finally on its way to 2465 Broadway, next to Equinox between 91st and 92nd streets. Construction workers are busy inside, Marsha tells us. We first wrote about it in October. The new studio, which used to house a CityMD, is expected to have 63 bikes.
Basics Plus, the hardware and housewares store on Broadway between 83rd and 84th, is expanding into the former home of Candlelight Wines, an employee told our tipster Greg. That throws some doubt on Candlelight’s claim that it was forced out by Cornell Weill medical office, although the medical office may also be taking part of the space. Basics Plus is holding a 20%-off sale and will close for renovations before reopening on July 1.
The AT&T store has reopened on 72nd street between Broadway and Columbus after renovations. They’re offering 25% off all accessories and 25% off all phone repairs for the rest of the month.