Chama Mama, which serves Georgian food, just opened at 373 Amsterdam Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets — the former home of La Vela. Chama Mama’s downtown location is known for its clay oven where they bake traditional Georgian breads. They’ve also got very unique omelettes, kebabs and more. For now, it has indoor seating but may add outdoor seating later. The menu is here. Thanks to Kirk and Dan for the tips.
J’s Cleaners opening in the former Mayson 2 Cleaners on Amsterdam between 69th and 70th. Thanks to Wendi for the tip.
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A business called CBD Kratom is opening in the former home of Paris Baguette on 70th and Amsterdam. CBD Kratom is apparently owned by a St. Louis-based company called Mr. Nice Guy (MNG). It has more than 30 locations around the country. Though it says “cannabis dispensary” on the sign, one rep tells us that it’s not going to be dispensing cannabis at this point — it carries CBD and a product called Kratom, which is a plant related to the coffee plant that is supposedly good for pain relief. New York legalized marijuana, but it won’t be sold until regulations are ironed out over the next few months.
A new deli has filed papers to open at 201 Amsterdam Avenue between 69th and 70th, which appears to be the former home of Capezio. Thanks to Upper West Sider for the tip.