Tiki Chick plans to open at 517 Amsterdam Avenue (84th-85th) on December 31, management announced on Instagram. It’s the latest restaurant from Pickle Hospitality, which also runs Jacob’s Pickles, Maison Pickle and Lucky Pickle Dumpling. They call it “a retro tiki bar bringing all the tropical vibes and fun to the Upper West Side.” The restaurant is expected to serve various small plates and a fried chicken sandwich. There’s been quite a bit of anticipation of this restaurant, given how much people love Jacob’s and the other spots, and there’s been some controversy over the restaurant’s sign. “Bring a friend or 2 or 3 to a street we have proudly called home these passed 8 years,” management wrote. “Stay tuned. We have so much in store for you. 2020 is going to be a whole new world.”
A new restaurant called Au Jus is opening on Broadway and 99th in the spring of 2020, according to a sign on the door. There are other Au Jus locations on the Upper East Side, in Harlem and in Brooklyn. It’s an Oklahoma barbeque joint, and several Yelp reviews argue that it’s pretty authentic. “We prepare delicious comfort foods – luscious roasted meats and chicken to be sure – plus soups, salads, sandwiches, sides, and desserts,” the restaurant says. See the full Upper East Side menu here. Thanks to Simon for the tip.
Sneaker Pawn, a collectible sneaker shop that was only open briefly on Broadway between 105th and 106th street, appears to have closed for good with a “For Rent’ sign on the door. Thanks to Above_96th for the tip.
Clothing and accessories boutique Joie at 201 Columbus Avenue (69th-70th) closed earlier this month, advising people to go to the store’s downtown location. Thanks to Colleen, Margaret and Deborah for the tips.