A great bakery has closed its doors, but you can commiserate with some doughnuts and delicious Kosher frozen custard.
Grandaisy, the fantastic little bakery at 176 West 72nd Street near Gray’s Papaya, closed on Sunday. Owner Monica Von Thun Calderon told us her 10-year lease was up and she decided to close up shop. Don’t blame the landlord, she insisted; he was very accommodating and did everything he could to keep her there.
Monica said the shop was popular, but she had trouble generating new business in part because the storefront was blocked by a newsstand (and lately some scaffolding), and the Landmarks Commission had not allowed her to put up an easily visible sign to draw customers even though they allowed a nearby Dunkin Donuts to have an awning. But she loves the neighborhood and may open a new store here eventually. “We wanted it to be a neighborhood spot, and it became one. People met each other here.” Grandaisy’s bread is still available at Fairway and Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. The store’s TriBeCa shop will remain open, and employees at the UWS location are expected to get jobs there. Monica left a note to the community on the door.
Oh how we’ll miss their cauliflower pizza and pizza bianca! Thanks to Louisa, Tony, Lisa, Paolo, Jesse, Jennifer, Jacqui, Allison and others for the tips.
Sugar Factory at 1991 Broadway (68th) is opening an artisanal doughnut-emporium inside, according to Eater. “The Drake- and Kardashian-approved chain will start by opening a nearly 80-seat Upper West Side doughnut bar called Sugar Factory Artisanal Doughnut and Coffee Bar at 1991 Broadway…The UWS location will open in June says a spokesperson, with plans to open several more doughnut and coffee bars across the city. All creations will be by Max Santiago, a longtime Miami pastry chef whose doughnuts regularly drew long lines when he worked with the team at The Salty Donut.” See a selection from The Salty Donut below.
The Viand is opening at 517 Columbus at 85th Street, the former home of Jackson Hole. As some commenters had speculated in our previous post, it is indeed a spinoff from the Viand at 75th and Broadway. Manager Erick Kontogiannis tells us “We are planning on making it a more upscale diner. Still serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Serving some of our customers favorite dishes and new options we are working on. The menu will be similar in concept but more select. Customers will still be able to get eggs or pancakes in the evening if they fancy it, with a nice cocktail or glass of rosé.”
BaZnGa, a new Kosher cafe, has opened at 426 Amsterdam Avenue (80th-81st), the former home of Poulette. The decor is science-nerdy fun, with pictures of chemical symbols and DNA. BaZnGa serves healthy adult and kid-friendly food, from salads and avocado toast to the Bazngawich (a cheddar, muenster and mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich), and desserts like frozen custard. See a photo of the menu here. They say they’ll have craft beer and wine soon too. As for the name, co-owner Jane Potter’s dad was a biochemist who worked with DNA, and her business partner is a doctor. They both like The Big Bang Theory. “We wanted it to be educational and fun for kids,” she said. (That’s Potter in the photo above.) Thanks to Zoe, Kevin and others for the tips.
All My Children Daycare opened a new location at 101 West 85th street (Corner of Columbus).
Empire Szechuan Columbus between 68 and 69th lost its backroom, according to Sunny. “According to the hostess, the landlord didn’t renew the lease for that section of the restaurant,” she wrote.
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