A new comedy club and a fast-growing eyeglass chain are opening on the Upper West Side, as a children’s store closes its doors.
The West Side Comedy Club is opening at 201 West 75th Street, the basement level at restaurant Playa Betty’s. Co-owner Eugene Ashe explains the backstory: “West Side Comedy Club is owned by Eugene Ashe and Thomas Wilson, the duo who brought you Playa Betty’s… and is not separate ownership. West Side Comedy Club has roughly 100 seats and occupies the basement space of Playa Betty’s. Eugene is a native of the Upper West Side and he and his wife Nina worked in the comedy business in the mid 1990’s — they met while working at Caroline’s Comedy Club.” Opening weekend is October 6-8 and the Facebook page is here. Thanks to Marina for the photo and Bobby for the tip.
Warby Parker, the hip eyeglass chain, is moving into the old Maille mustard shop at 185 Columbus Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets. Thanks to Arie Kim and Sharoni for the tips and photos.
Cibo E Vino at 2418 Broadway (89th) is expanding into the former laundromat space next door. It will have a new bar and an additional 20 seats, according to the Post. Thanks to Mildred for the photo.
Giggle, the children’s store at 352 Amsterdam Avenue (76th-77th Street) is closing with a liquidation sale. Two of the company’s other stores closed suddenly last week, but a customer service rep had told us the UWS location was expected to remain open. That’s clearly changed. Although a sign says that the sale is up to 50% off, that’s only for “seconds,” Allison tells us. They are not accepting gift cards, and all sales are final, she added. Thanks to Tom and Allison for the tips and photos.