Biscuits and beer are here. What more do you need?
Big-Bottom Biscuit Bar has opened a special coffee and biscuit window inside Osteria Cotta at 513 Columbus Avenue (85th street), serving their famed biscuits with various toppings. “Initially we are open from Wed-Fri from 7 until 2 and Sat-Sun from 8-11 and will be serving up the famous biscuits from the big bottom market in Guerneville CA,” says a rep for the shop. “The menu is simple and focused on the biscuit. The hero is the Sea Biscuit – smoked salmon, Creme Fraiche, pickled onions and capers – or what we are calling our challenge to bagels and lox. We have some sweet and savory versions as well as drip coffee and cold brew in partnership with Stumptown Coffee.” For $5 you can get a biscuit with butter and jam and a cup of drip coffee on weekdays.
Communal on 72nd street between Columbus and Broadway, closed this week. It had been around for three years, replacing Rigoletto, and is part of the same restaurant group as Cafe Frida, Ella and El Mitote. Thanks to Sue for the photo.
Gebhard’s Beer Culture, famous for its massive beer list, is set to open next week at 228 72nd street on the South side of 72nd street between West End and Broadway. “The new location will feature dart boards, an enclosed ‘beer lounge’, table hockey and pool table in the upstairs area,” Marjorie from NY Restaurant Blog tells us. “It will also have an enclosed outdoor space watch the shoppers on their way to and from the Bloomingdale’s Outlet store and Trader Joe’s.” Andrea snapped a photo of the menu that you can see here. We wrote more about it here. Thanks to Andrea for the tip.
Tara Hill Tavern on 108th street and Broadway is closing on July 1. The Columbia Spectator reports that the spot has been a bar since the 1930’s and was a favorite of the late George Carlin.
Cannon’s Pub had closed in 2004 after 70 years in business due to an ownership change and returned a few months later as O’Connell’s. The pub was remodeled in 2013 and officially reopened as Tara Hill Irish Tavern, but has continued to be known as Cannon’s among Columbia students.
The UPS store on Broadway between 97th and 98th street has closed, India tells us.
Tenzan at 285 Columbus Avenue (73rd-74th) was shuttered by the health department. Among the violations: evidence of roaches, mice and flies. Thanks to Morgan and Craig for the tips.
Mitchell’s Liquors on 86th street is closing for three weeks for renovations. They took down their awesome neon sign, and it’s not clear if it’s coming back. Jeremiah Moss from Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY blog says it’s gone for good. “The owners have decided to remove it and replace it with something new. Perhaps a lovely sheet of plastic?” Say it ain’t so!
Thanks to everyone who sent in tips. We got so many that we’ll be posting another openings and closings posts shortly. If we forgot to thank you, it was just a dumb oversight, so please let us know. Send tips to westsiderag at gmail.