A beautiful Italian restaurant closes, as a bone broth store is getting ready to open.
Machiavelli at 85th Street and Columbus has closed, this time for good. The Italian restaurant, which held annual Carnevale festivals and hosted opera singers, had previously announced it was closing last year but was able to work out a deal with the landlord. But eventually, the owner couldn’t make it work. “The rent will always be too high for such a long cold quiet winter… and a spring never comes,” wrote owner Nathalie Delofataine in an email to West Side Rag. “We are so dependent on good weather this was dreadful. I have supported the place myself for months and I just can’t anymore unfortunately…. it breaks my heart but I must close.” The restaurant held an auction a few days ago. We are awaiting word from the owner on what’s happening to the gorgeous murals inside. From photos, it appears that the walls are now bare. Thanks to Kate, Colman O’Reilly, Jill, Marina, Jeff, David and Sandy, and more for the tips.
Brodo, a store that sells bone broth, has rented a space at 2144 Broadway near 75th Street. It’s looking to open within a month or two, said Keith Valenti, operations director for Brodo. “Beyond even the intrigue…the health benefits alone…this is gonna be one of our most interesting stores, with a new kind of design and setup…we’re bringing all our broth to the Upper West Side.” Brodo has three shops downtown. “Our diverse menu includes four styles of broth and a variety of flavorful add-ins, as well as chef-designed combos. Each comes in a paper cup with a lid and protective sleeve for easy on-the-go sipping,” the website says. Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip.
Crave Fish Bar at 81st and Amsterdam has become the second restaurant to open a co-working space during the day. Spacious @ Crave is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Milling Room is also working with Spacious to host co-workers during the day.
NYLO Hotel on 77th and Broadway is hosting a flower market in the lobby every weekend through the end of June.
A physical therapy business is opening in the basement space on the corner of 98th and Broadway, the former home of electronics and appliance store RCI, workers there told Naomi. RCI was open for 80 years before closing in 2014. The main floor still hasn’t been rented, Naomi tells us.