In an incredibly exciting development, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken signed a lease to open at 144-146 West 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus. Charles’ is a legendary fried chicken spot at 132nd and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.
It’s helmed by septuagenarian Charles Gabriel and makes “some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever eat,” according to Gothamist, which describes it as “perfectly seasoned with Charlie’s secret blend and delivering the exact right balance between juicy, meaty insides and slightly crisp, slightly chewy outsides.” The Times says that fried chicken “achieves its highest form” there. Jack Khaski, one of the brokers who represented the landlord, tells us it’s expected to open in about two months. We couldn’t get through to the Harlem location on Tuesday. Thanks to Upper West Sider for the tip. See the menu here.
A new restaurant from the team behind Friedmans Lunch is opening at 50 West 72nd Street (Central Park West-Columbus Avenue), according to a Community Board notice. We’ve reached out to Friedmans to find out what they’ll be opening.
Cosmetics store L’Occitane has closed its store at 198 Columbus Ave (69th Street), and appears to have also closed on Broadway and 76th Street (the store is empty). The parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. As our tipster Upper West Sider notes, the Columbus Avenue store was around long enough that it got a cameo in You’ve Got Mail, the 1998 movie. Thanks to Gretchen, Twilla and Suzanne for the tips too.
French clothing store Sandro has closed its location at 181 Columbus Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets. Thanks to Jackie for the tip.
The Days Inn at 94th and Broadway is now a Night Hotel. Night Hotel also has a Times Square location, and was apparently voted sexiest hotel by TripAdvisor. Former Governor David Paterson said he had had an affair at that Days Inn during a rocky period in his marriage, as our tipster Jodie pointed out.
The space currently home to The North Face in the Ansonia at 74th and Broadway was recently put up for rent. The listing says it can be delivered vacant in 60 days. Thanks to Upper West Sider for the tip.
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