The small Le Pain Quotidien cafe is open outside the subway station on 72nd Street. “The guy at the stand said he was happy to be back. I’m personally happy to have them back,” wrote tipster Hannah.
Max Chess Academy, a chess school led by World Chess Champion Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy, has opened at 110 West 79th Street, according to an Instagram post. The space was last home to Bag One Arts, the art gallery owned by Yoko Ono that closed around five years ago, according to tipster Upper West Sider.
Old John’s Diner is opening this month at 148 West 67th Street, Old John’s was open for 60 years at that spot before closing last year. Now, new owner Louis Skibar — who once worked as a deliveryman and short order cook at Old John’s — is reopening the spot with some of the classic recipes. It’s got a retro design with its own soda fountain counter. They don’t have a specific opening date but are aiming for the middle of the month, they tell us. We last wrote about it here.