A new gastropub just opened and a hip Danish cafe is on its way, as some longtime stores close.
The Fat Monk is now open at 949 Columbus Avenue (106th-107th Street). Chef Rob McCue is focusing on American comfort food. The gastropub serves pastas, burgers, steaks, oysters, and lots of small plates. See the dinner menu here. It’s open from 5-11p.m. from Monday-Thursday and 5-12 from Friday-Sunday.
A Time for Children, the children’s toys and clothing store at 506 Amsterdam Avenue (84th-85th) closed at the end of January. “Our lease was up so we had to make a decision,” said Gwen, the manager there. The problem wasn’t the cost of the new lease as much as a decline in traffic to the store, she said. They’ll be reopening a new store, hopefully in April, at 2868 Broadway (111th-112th) that will also have clothes for older kids and adults. They’re hoping to attract some college kids to the store too. The store, run by the Good Wood Foundation, will continue to donate its profits to the Children’s Aid Society. “Same mission, new location,” Gwen said.
Hip Danish cafe and fresh juice chain Joe & the Juice looked like it was just about to open at 247 Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd in the former home of Clarins as of a few days ago. They have more than 170 locations around the world. A Forbes contributor recently surmised that Joe & the Juice could be the next Starbucks because it’s “a great concept and targeted to a consumer base who wants more than what your typical juice or coffee bar is offering them – a place to call their own.”
Liberty House, a clothing, jewelry, and gift shop at 112th and Broadway, is closing after 49 years in business, according to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. They’ll be shutting down at the end of April and until then having a sale of 20%-50% off. “It is the last of its kind, a small chain of New York shops first organized in 1965 by Abbie Hoffman and other civil rights workers in Mississippi to sell goods made by poor women of color, with the profits going back to the original communities, and to support the Civil Rights Movement.” Read more about the history here.
Boutique BCBGMaxaZria at 2003 Broadway (68th-69th) appears to be in its final days. Thanks to Catherine Meyer for the photo.