Openings & Closings: Sapphire Is Replacing Sole, A New ‘European Vibe’ Coffee Shop Is Opening, And Compass Expands

Posters on the windows at Sole, the Italian restaurant at 2014 Broadway between 68th and 69th, say that Sapphire Indian Cuisine will be opening soon in the space. Initially, Sapphire’s owner had said that he planned to open at 2012 Broadway. It’s not clear when the new restaurant will open — it was initially slated to open on September 1. Thanks to Tasha, Stephanie, Jonathan and Karen.

A new coffee shop called Peaky Barista is opening at 2680 Broadway near the corner of 102nd Street, the former home of Great Shape Threading Salon. The sign says it was established in 1985, though it’s not clear if there are any other locations. A Facebook page about the cafe says it is a “cozy and hip café & espresso bar with a European vibe.” According to a photo on the Facebook page, prices range from $2.75 for a medium drip coffee to $5.75 for a large mocha. Thanks to Batya for the tip.

Compass real estate has a second-floor office at 2148 Broadway at 76th Street. Now it’s expanding to take a first-floor storefront in the building, which used to have a Duane Reade. The number of agents at that office is up 88% in the past 15 months, they tell us.

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    1. Paul says:

      Sole is good. Sapphire is essential. And in that location Sapphire should be pretty crowded.

      But with all the available space why couldn’t both survive?

    2. Sam Koo says:

      I hear they are opening in October.
      Look forward to it.
      They have the best lamb chops.

    3. JerryV says:

      What a blow. We found Sole to have consistently been the best Italian Bistro in our area – and with reasonable prices. I hope they open elsewhere but am not holding my breath. Rents remain high. And scaffolding sometimes drives away customers.

    4. Linda says:

      I second Roasted Masala at Columbus and 104-105th Street. Great ambiance, too.

    5. Lord Of The Slice says:

      Coffee at Mani Market: $1.

      • EricaC says:

        Yes, but if you like espresso drinks, there’s a pretty empty space in the high nineties/low hundreds – though a positive thicket in the 80’s now.

    6. robert miller says:

      Been going to Indian Tanpura for over15 years & always consistently very good & at the best prices around.

    7. George says:

      Looks like Pasta Franco is finally opening soon (Columbus and 83rd). There’s been movement and table being set inside the restaurant, and they made their first Instagram post with fresh pasta being cut.

    8. Chris says:

      Yay, Sapphire!