Santa Fe, the Southwestern restaurant at 73 West 71st Street, has closed “for now” because they can’t come to terms on rent with the landlord, according to a message on the restaurant’s website and answering machine. Santa Fe is family run and has been around for almost 40 years. It used to be on 69th Street. “We hope to see you in the neighborhood someday soon,” the message said. Thanks to Peter and JY for the tips.
8th Hill, the Mediterranean restaurant that opened just last year in place of Isabella’s at 77th and Columbus Avenue closed suddenly a few days ago. It’s now listed as closed online, no one’s picking up the phone and the owner hasn’t responded to our inquiry. 8th Hill had developed “a steadily rising..ultimately outside clientele,” wrote neighbor Peter Wright “Then suddenly, poof, it went dark last Sunday night..apparently for good…no chairs or tables or chairs on the sidewalk…no comment or sign in the windows. Doors locked. Website is now blank ( www.8thhillnyc.com) They will be missed.” Thanks to Peter, Logan, Naush, Scott and Tom for the tips.