Mimi, the Japanese restaurant at 566 Amsterdam Avenue between 87th and 88th Streets, has closed its doors for good. Owner Satomi tells us that they”ll be opening a new sushi restaurant in the space, with a new management and chef. Mimi opened in 2016. “Great authentic Japanese dishes. A shame,” wrote Javier.
Pekarna, a Slovenian-American restaurant slated to open at 594 Amsterdam Avenue (West 89th Street), has posted more information on its website, although it’s not clear when exactly they’ll open. The site says Pekarna will be a first-of-its-kind authentic Slovenian-American spot with multiple levels. “The venue will feature a restaurant and cocktail bar on the first floor and will also have seating in the basement and backyard. The basement will be able to accommodate events in 3 separate function rooms.” It will combine the now-vacant spaces of Papa John’s/Subway and Amsterdam 99¢ and plans to utilize a small outdoor area in the back. We last wrote about it at the liquor license application here. The company behind Pekarna also owns and operates apartments in Slovenia.
Beer Shop at 422 Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st streets closed its doors earlier this month after three years on the Upper West Side. The shop let people try out “flights” of beers and tended to feature lots of New York varieties. Thanks to Laura for the tip.