Openings & Closings: Fancy Ski Clothes, Fancy Brows, and French Food

The old Bolton’s location on Broadway between 72nd and 73rd has been replaced by Bogner, a clothing company that’s known for its ski attire and other winterwear. But if you’re buying its $850 ski pants, you better be hitting your spots on those moguls! Or at least looking fresh at the apres-ski bar. In any case, it sure ain’t Bolton’s. Thanks to Gretchen for the photo.

Benefit Brows is about to open at 315 Columbus Avenue (75th), the old KT Collections space, (which moved a couple years ago to the old Roslyn space on 73rd). The Columbus Avenue BID’s district is now 96 percent leased, writes Linda Alexander, who helps promote the BID. “Benefit Brows is a real high-brow operation, too. It’s a a subset of Benefit Cosmetics which is owned by LVMH Group.

A new restaurant called The Consulate is getting set to open at 519 Columbus Avenue at 85th Street, the former home of Trattoria Machiavelli. The restaurant will apparently serve French and American food. One web page about it says it will be “upscale casual” but offers few other details. The sign on the windows have catch phrases like “There ain’t no such thing as wrong food.” Thanks to Debi for the photo.

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    1. Juan says:

      The poor grammar on the sign at The Consulate offends me a lot more than the semi-naked woman at the Tiki restaurant nearby, and is much more likely to be harmful to my children.

    2. Karen Radkowsky says:

      The Bogner store is just a sample sale pop-up, according to Madison Avenue Spy: “Bogner Sample Sale, Tuesday, October 1 through Sunday, October 6
      11am-7pm daily, 2091 Broadway @ 73rd Street.”

    3. steve says:

      I think “upscale casual” describes about 95% of restaurants that open in nyc in the last 20 years.

      Someone should be bold and go to either extreme like “tux only” or “flip flops and short shorts only”

      • B.B. says:

        Get used to it; “white tablecloth” places are going way of the Dodo. Young people just prefer “upscale casual” or whatever you want to call such places.

        While there were other issues, even Four Seasons didn’t last long. Despite tens of millions spent in a new launch.

        As boomers die off, increasingly younger generation is shaping many things.

        • P. P. Joplyn says:

          Sad to see such disregard for CLASSY TABLRCLOTH RESTAURANTS. I know classy young people that enjoy a special place to go. It’s appalling seeing sandals& shorts everywhere. Self respect is never out of style.

    4. Howard Katz says:

      Any feedback on Le Petit Rooster?

    5. Maria Oliveira says:

      on the consulate. i chatted with the owner on sunday and they are waiting for their liquor license.

    6. Deb says:

      I wish nothing but good luck to The Consulate. But when it eventually closes, maybe Jackson Hole will re-occupy the space it had for 40+ years.

      • EricaC says:

        I don’t really wish for that. In at least their last years, the food was not terribly good.

      • robert miller says:

        Jackson Hole was never at this location

        • Auntie Depression says:

          Right. It was across the street, where Viand is now. The Machiavelli space was occupied for years by a diner that went up in smoke and flame (and something else, I think, between the two — Auntie’s memory isn’t what it was). The diner was memorable for its skill at making scrambled eggs inedible.

    7. Bflat says:

      Good luck Bogner. I’ll be very surprised if it lasts 2 years. These businesses consistently mistake the wealth of UWS residents for a willingness to spend. Nope.

    8. Stuart says:

      I know some men who would benefit from the services offered at Benefit Brows.

    9. Janis says:

      Curious as to what UWSers would like to see open in the now empty Gabriela’s.
      I was thinking how nice it would be to see a great steakhouse, maybe with a little jazz trio or pianist.

    10. Fred DuBose says:

      Juan, you missed the joke. “Ain’t no such thing” is a commonly used idiomatic expression of the humorous sort, and The Consulate’s sign-writer cleverly paired it with the word “wrong.”