A new sugar emporium with a public carousel is set to open in a former Ollie’s Chinese restaurant, and a bagel shop is set to close.
Sugar Factory, a national chain that serves candy, sweets and cocktails, is coming to 1991 Broadway (between 67th and 68th), the former home of Ollie’s next to the Apple Store. We broke this news last year, and a broker confirmed it to DNAinfo, along with the news that the public space in front of the restaurnt will be filled by a carousel. “In addition to bright Sugar Factory signage at the entry, the 1,500-square-foot public space will also feature the 12-foot-wide carousel, according to preliminary plans submitted to the Department of City Planning on Feb. 4. A Sugar Factory staffer will operate the ride whenever the public plaza is open and the store will maintain it, the plans said. The decor of the public space, which the developer said became overrun by homeless people, will be updated, with new marble and cast-iron tables, wooden brasserie-style chairs, two fabric-covered benches and moveable Japanese holly planters.”
Crafted Bagels, the Kosher bagel and sandwich store at 676 Amsterdam Avenue (93rd), will close after today and reopen as a restaurant called Sunflower Cafe, according to several tipsters and a website about Kosher restaurants. The new spot is expected to open on February 29. Crafted had just opened in 2014.
Anne & Valentin Eyewear is moving into the old Le Sportsac spot on Columbus between 71st and 72nd street. Thanks to Swati for the photo.