New Italian food is coming to the Upper West Side, as some “essential” and less essential businesses close.
Mezzogiorno, an Italian restaurant, is opening in the former home of Indian Cafe on Broadway between 107th and 108th street. The restaurant will hopefully open by middle or late June, a manager at Mezzogiorno’s downtown location told us. Check out the menu at its Spring Street location here. Thanks to Sarah and Vivian for the tips.
Yogurtland on Amsterdam Avenue and 80th street closed on Tuesday, just as the summer froyo season begins! How could this be? How could it have survived the winter and then closed up shop just as the sweaty hordes of 11-year-olds were about to mob the place? And just after it had vanquished Pinkberry. The company gave no answer, just saying “It has been a pleasure serving the area.” Thanks to Venya for the photo and Natalia and several others for the tips. I am so ready to say the froyo craze is over, and yet I could really go for some froyo right now… Tasti D-Lite anyone?
Zen Medica, the alternative medicine and nutrition store on the North side of 72nd street between Amsterdam and Columbus, is moving into the former home of Gartner’s Hardware on the other side of the block as soon as Gartner’s moves into its new home down the block. It’s musical chairs! We wish both of them luck — Zen Medica has had trouble attracting clients at its current spot because the entrance is inside the building, so the new space should help out. And Gartner’s is one of our favorite stores in the neighborhood.
Essentials on the corner of 81st and Broadway has closed after a lightning-fast liquidation sale. For months — literally months! — we have been getting emails about how the shelves at the store were always empty. Management said again and again that they were about to get a shipment and they weren’t going out of business. But once the 50% off signs went up, there was no more denying it. One tipster says an employee told him a bank is moving in, although we haven’t confirmed that. Thanks to Gavan, Kate, Beth, Ira, Theo, Marsha, Barbara, Leslie, Mark and others for the tips.
The Desktop USA copy shop on Amsterdam and 85th is planning to close at the end of the month, Jeff tells us. “This is a real shame, they are faster and cheaper than Staples.”
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