La Vera Pizza is opening in the former Two Boots space on Broadway between 95th and 96th streets. La Vera has other locations in the city, including one in Kips Bay. A manager there did not have an opening date, saying “we’re still under construction.” The menu in Kips Bay has all sorts of other items beyond pizza, including subs and salads. Thanks to Celeste and Steve for the tips.
After 12 years at 429 Amsterdam Avenue (81st), Vai restaurant closed on June 29, with a note to customers. “It has been a great ride, I thank everyone for there unwavering support of myself and Vai over the years,” wrote Vincent. Thanks to Evan, Ray, Jackie, Simon and others for the tips.
Chase Bank is closing its location at 2030 Broadway (70th) in September.
Mutt Hutt, a dog daycare and boarding business, has opened at 238 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, promising pups “a place to play & stay.” According to a brochure distributed at the store, 12-hour daycare for small dogs up to 30 lbs. is $55/day; the rate for larger dogs up to 60 lbs. is $70/day. Package deals are available as are grooming services.
Pier 72 Restaurant is back open at 72nd and West End after being temporarily shut down following a health department inspection. In the restaurant’s follow-up inspection went much better, with Pier 72 receiving just 6 violation points, down from 59 the prior week. We’re getting lots of emails from longtime fans who are thrilled. “Please let everyone know that Pier 72 is open, much to the joy of all of us, its customers who missed it so much, as well as that of all its staff,” wrote Lois.