Learn about a hibachi restaurant, a new gift store and many more Upper West Side openings and closings below.
Hibachi restaurant Columbus Flame, a spinoff from (now-closed) Asian fusion restaurant Fusha on 75th and Amsterdam, is getting ready to open at 100 West 82nd street next month; it’s the former location of Ditch Plains. The rent is $30,000 a month, according to the Observer. The kitchen’s already operating and making deliveries, but there’s no sit-down service yet. Thanks to Solana for the photo.
Organic Avenue closed all its stores last week because of financial struggles, according to Eater. That includes the store on 82nd and Amsterdam that opened three and a half years ago. Thanks to Elizabeth, Taryn and several other people for tips.
“Back in August, Racked reported that the company’s owner, Weld North, sold Organic Avenue to Vested Capital partners for next to nothing. To cut costs, Organic Avenue’s CEO Anthony Tomaro was let go. Racked reported that the company lost $1 million in January of 2015, and out of its ten Manhattan locations, only three were actually turning any kind of profit.”
A card and gift store called Jooneechees opened at 473 Amsterdam Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd street.
The Dramatics hair salon at 305 Columbus Ave. (75th St.) moved to 72nd street. Commenters noted this is old news, so consider it retracted.
Wine4Ever at 200 West 79th street is closing after 9 years, Bill tells us. “The sign [above] says it all. Frankly, I never shopped there that often. Their hours were somewhat erratic and they did not carry all of my favorite brands … but Eddie, the owner, was a cheerful guy and always had a smile for his customers. Over the years that space has been a flower shop, a newsstand and a coffee shop. I hope some other family-type “smallish” business will take over.
Men’s clothing store Theory closed on Oct. 18, and will reopen with a women-only collection on Oct. 26. This store has gone through numerous transitions — it was once a Helmut Lang store too (one company owns both Helmut Lang and Theory). Thanks to Sarah for the tip.
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