French crepe shop Crepes & Delices closed its doors at 72nd Street between Columbus and Broadway this week, with an Out of Business sign on the window. We reached out to the owner but have not heard back. Thanks to Eileen, Erica, Dan and Bradley for the tips.
Some sudden business closures have Upper West Siders scratching their heads, as some new spots get set to open.
Espresso Matto at 95th and Broadway closed suddenly on Wednesday by the state Supreme Court with a notice on the door encouraging employees to contact an official about new jobs. “Officers kicked everyone out , put up signs and sealed the premises at about 5:30pm today,” David tells us. We’re still trying to determine what happened. The cafe chain recently indicated it was opening another spot in the neighborhood. Thanks to Paul and several other people for photos.
Sugar Factory, which is going into the former Ollie’s at 1991 Broadway (68th, next to the Apple store) is expected to open by the end of the year, workers told our tipster Eric. And the website says they’re already taking reservations starting Dec. 1. Sugar Factory sells candy, sweets and cocktails and its various global locations apparently attract celebrities. The company calls it a “dining adventure”: “Sugar Factory has expanded its New York presence with this newest dining adventure. When you first arrive you are welcomed by a working carousel, as well as a cafe that opens onto the entrance plaza. Inside are two levels filled with the glitz and glamour that Sugar Factory is known for the world over. Plush leather banquettes and celebrity photos adorn the interior, and it won’t be long before one of our outrageous desserts makes it nightly Broadway debut.”
Grand Metro Hardware on Broadway and 96th closed suddenly about a week ago. A Yelp user says a marshal was there to shut them down. No one was answering the phone on Thursday to confirm. “It is been a mainstay at 96th and Broadway for many many years,” said William. “I would hate to see them go.” Thanks to Nydia and William for the tips.
Bella Luna at 88th and Columbus is being turned into a gym, Ali Lebo tells us. It’s not clear what gym. The restaurant is moving to 87th and Columbus once it renovates its new space.