We have a ton of information about Upper West Side openings and closings, including new Chinese food and pizza.
Chinese restaurant Uncle Luo Yang has finally announced that it will open soon on Amsterdam Avenue near 106th street. The restaurant’s owner has operated a popular food truck that caters to Columbia students for years, and announced two years ago that he would expand to a restaurant. But there haven’t been any signs of the restaurant since — until now. The food truck has some pretty sweet deals — including $5 lunch specials and $3 pork burgers — and students say the proprietor is generous. “Uncle Luoyang is super nice and always makes conversation while you wait. He even remembers you if you frequent a lot! Sometimes he undercharges me for food and waves me off if I try to return a dollar or two.” Thanks to Daren for the tip and photo.
Laundry Room Plus, the laundromat that closed on Columbus between 85th and 86th is set to become a bagel shop, an employee told one of our tipsters.
The new Lowe’s on 68th and Broadway now has merchandise on the shelves, including gardening products in the front of the store, and an employee told our tipster that it’s now set to to open in “early September.”
Macchina, the pizza-focused Italian restaurant, on 106th and Broadway is opening tonight, according to Gothamist, which peels away some of the mystery behind the place. It turns out the owners made their name in (gasp!) Williamsburg. “Atomic Hospitality Group, the dudes behind The Bedford, Roebling Sports Club and Legion, are entering the Manhattan market with this Italian-Pizza offering set in a spacious corner spot decked out in the requisite industrial touches of exposed brick, unfinished floors and wood accents.” If you’re hip enough try the “Yukon Gold Potato pie ($16) with double smoked bacon, shallot, rosemary and gorgonzola.”
See Spot Run dog-walking services is closing, and the owner will be focusing on dog training. Maureen tells us: “My husband Ian Phillips started his company 4 years ago and he has had an enormous success with the dog community. He just can’t compete with companies that pack walk and or work on a cash basis. The margins are just too slim and he paid his walkers well to attract the most qualified and trustworthy team. So sadly, he can no longer offer walking services. Ian is a fixture in Central Park and has serviced over 300 dogs and their owners these past several years. Walking services end on 9/4.”
ChicoJulio, the Mexican restaurant on Amsterdam between 96th and 97th streets that closed in January, has now reopened. The new sign calls it a “local pub” (unlike the old one, which said “Bodega De Mar”). The space used to house Cafe Frida, and was opened by the same owners. Thanks to Daren for the tip and photo.