A new cafe is opening as another one closes, and a beloved local restaurant called Buster’s shuts its doors.
A new spot called Cafe Bee is coming soon to 239 West 72nd street on the North side of the street between Broadway and West End Avenue. Thanks to Jill for the photo.
Oren’s Daily Roast on Broadway between 83rd and 84th street is closing on May 22 after being in business for about two and a half years. The high rent did them in, an employee told us. The chain’s other locations, including one on 112th street, will remain open.
Al Dente on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th is getting a “refresh” after 20 years, the owner Mona tells us. They changed the name to Pretto, upgraded the interior, and added some new items to the menu, including six kinds of bruschetta. They also now have an aperitivo bar. Many of the staples on the menu remain and the kitchen staff is the same. “After 20 years you want something fresh,” Mona said. Pretto means “pure.” Thanks to Holly for the photo.
Midtown News & Smoke on Broadway near 97th street has closed. The guys at Earth Cafe tell Paul the spot will be replaced by a new bodega.
Busters NYC, a small, well-regarded local restaurant on Amsterdam between 103rd and 104th street, has closed. “Farm-fresh ingredients, lively flavored & properly seasoned food, with delicious homemade dessert,” said one reviewer on Yelp, where the restaurant averaged 4.5 stars. “Bar-none, the best meal I’ve eaten in quite some time. A five-star meal in an unassuming & quiet neighborhood.” The answering machine tells customers they’re “focusing solely on our catering and our classes.”
The owners wrote thanked their customers on Facebook: “For the past eleven years, Busters has been striving to do a good job for all of our customers. Our commitment to you was always first, but never would we have thought that we were able to touch so many people, in so many ways.”
Ollie’s, Sun-Chan and Aangan on 103rd street and Broadway have been closed for a month because of a gas problem in the building they share. Ollie’s had barely been open two weeks when it happened, and an employee there told us she didn’t know when exactly they’d be reopening. They’re still waiting on Con Ed to fix everything. Unfortunately, as we saw with Kefi, gas problems can seem to last forever. Good luck to the restaurant owners. Thanks to Terence for the photo.