Japanese restaurant Hachi Maki is planning to open on Tuesday at 522 Columbus Avenue off of 85th Street. It will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with 19 seats indoors for 25% capacity and 40 seats outdoors. Hachi Maki is named for the headbands that sushi chefs wear. The two-story restaurant is meant to have the energy of a Tokyo street market, and will serve sushi, ramen, and other delicacies. “Served in sets, or a la carte, the maki are open-faced and top-loaded with condiments to bring out the umami in each bite,” a rep tells us. “Hachi Maki is led by twenty-something sushi wunderkind Max Zumwalt aka Sushi Max, alum of Michelin-starred Satsuki, and Usumoya; and owned by Jeremy Wladis of The Restaurant Group, whose other eateries include Good Enough To Eat and Harvest Kitchen.” See the menu here.
Le Pain Quotidien is planning to open in the former home of Maison Kayser at 2161 Broadway (76th Street). Their LLC was filed last month and work has already begun according to a Landmarks permit database, tipster Upper West Sider tells us. Le Pain Quotidien and Maison Kayser both filed for bankruptcy and were acquired by a company called Aurify last year, with plans to place some LPQ’s inside former Maison Kayser.
HSBC may be closing a prominent free-standing branch at the intersection of Broadway and Amsterdam at 70th Street. A real estate listing says it will be available as of July 1. The corporate office did not respond to a request for comment. Thanks to Upper West Sider for the tip.