We’re getting a little dirtier but more beautiful too. Another laundromat shut its doors, but we’re about to get stocked with beauty supplies.
Harmon Face Values, the beauty and cosmetics store owned by Bed Bath & Beyond, is indeed opening at 90th Street and Broadway in the former home of Food Emporium, as we’ve previously reported. The sign went up this week. Thanks to Elizabeth for the photo.
West Side Laundry Service is closing on July 31 after 15 years at 2418 Broadway between 88th and 89th Streets. An employee there told us that the business had been there for a little over 15 years, and that they were closing because the “Landlord unfortunately upped the prices.” Laundromats have been closing at a rapid pace in recent years.
Grand Sichuan, the Chinese restaurant at 307 Amsterdam Avenue (74th), is closed with a note on the door saying it will reopen with a “new concept.” Stella calls it “one of the local treasures” and has been ordering takeout there for years. “It was quite definitely the most consistently interesting and nicely done Sichuan style cooking we’ve encountered in the less costly end of the market.”
She adds that “The two other two branches of the Grand Sichuan at 229 9th Ave. and at 1049 2nd Ave. have been similarly shuttered although an impending ‘new concept’ has not been mentioned.” Update: Other Grand Sichuan locations are open.
The Subway sandwich shop on Amsterdam between 70th and 71st Streets has closed. Thanks to Stuart, Mary B and our anonymous tipster for the photos.
And today is the official opening of Sugar Factory Artisanal Donuts and Coffee Bar at 1991 Broadway (68th). At a tasting on Thursday, we tried the triple-layer rainbow squared, which is an Italian cookie, wrapped in an Italian cookie doughnut and topped with cotton candy. We also tried a gold-frosted bacon and chocolate doughnut. The doughnuts sell for $2.50- $3.95, said chef Max Santiago.