8th Hill restaurant is opening on 77th and Columbus in the former home of Isabella’s. A sign in the window promises “inspired Mediterranean cuisine.” We heard from one source that the owners also own a Turkish restaurant in New Jersey, but the owner there hasn’t gotten back to us to confirm. The website doesn’t have much info yet, but as of Saturday it said it will open in 114 days. That would mean early September. Thanks to Terry, Anita, Sarah, Bob, Anita, and Esther for the tips and photos.
A new restaurant called Frankie and Matt Hamburgers is opening on Columbus between 84th and 85th street between Gristede’s and Motorino pizzeria, according to a sign on the green construction shed around the store. Thanks to Kevin.
Imagine Swimming is taking over the swimming pool at the Paris New York at 752 West End Avenue between 96th and 97th Streets, and opening it to the public. “Imagine will manage the pool at The Paris and offer lessons there,” the Observer reported. “The swimming school will also renovate the pool, which includes building a storefront entrance with a swim shop, remodeling the locker rooms and adding seating areas. Residents of The Paris will get discounted memberships and lessons once the renovated pool reopens at the end of this year.” This appears to be the same health club that has changed ownership multiple times in the past three years.
Banco Popular is moving across the street at 96th and Columbus. Thanks to Naomi.
A Citibank on 111th Street and Broadway that burned down in a massive fire four years ago has finally reopened. And even Mr. Met showed up! Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (next to Mr. Met) has been working with the bank to get it back. Thanks to Maryellen.
The Associated supermarket on Amsterdam and 97th is now a Key Foods. Let us know if the prices and offerings are different. Thanks to Flash.