Friedmans Restaurant, one of the few restaurants named after an economist, is opening at 130 West 72nd Street, the former home of 72nd Street Bagel and then briefly the home of Milk & Honey. Friedmans was named after Milton Friedman, the famed economist who said that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” according to the Friedmans website. It’s family-owned and the food is gluten-free. Friedmans in Chelsea serves a wide variety of hearty food, including eggs, lox and pastrami hash dishes for breakfast and korean wings and skirt steak tacos for dinner. Thanks to Rachel for the tip.
White Gold Butchers, the restaurant and butcher shop at 375 Amsterdam Avenue (78th Street) closed on Sunday, less than two years after opening to much fanfare. April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman had partnered to open White Gold, but split their partnership following allegations of sexual harrassment against Friedman. Butchers Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest left earlier this year. The restaurant will be replaced by a restaurant with a “new and exciting approach to healthy and sustainable eating,” according to a sign on the door. Thanks to many tipsters, including Bill, Steffanie, Theo, Nancy, and Steven, for sending in photos.
Jooneechees on Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd Street, is closing by the end of August, Lisa tells us. “There’s a sign on the window saying the scaffolding outside put them out of business and everything is 25% off. When I stopped in, the woman behind the counter (possibly the owner?) said most of their business came from street traffic rather than their Web site, so they’re shutting down completely once current stock is gone. Such a bummer as they only relocated from their downtown location a few years ago, and their selection was always unique, if pricey, with lots of handmade options.”
Billy’s Bakery is opening at 410 Columbus Avenue near 80th Street, the former home of Bit’z Kids. Billy’s was started 15 years ago by two friends and is known for its cupcakes and cakes. “We can use some cupcakes in the neighborhood!” writes Emily. Thanks to Billy , Lauren, Emily, Kimberly, Terry, Matthew and others for the tips!