By Scott Etkin
Maman, the French café that makes some of Oprah’s favorite cookies, is adding a second UWS location on Columbus between 66th and 67th. Maman’s first café opened in Soho in 2014 and it now has a dozen locations in the city, including one that opened last fall on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st. Tipster Mindi writes that the new Maman is in the space that used to be a MAC cosmetics store. (Thanks also to Nancy for the tip.)
More details to share about the Just Food For Dogs that’s coming to 70th and Broadway: The location will make all their pet food on site using human grade, whole food ingredients. Richard Wold, SVP of Retail Operations & Development, who used to live in NYC, said the location will also feature a “bodega-style deli counter” where people can create custom orders for their lucky dogs. Nutritional experts will also be on hand to offer guidance to pet parents who are curious about the healthiest choices – “we’re doing everything we can to give you the opportunity to have as many years as you can [with your dog],” he said. Just Food For Dogs has a partnership with Petco and their products are available at the Petco on 92nd and Broadway. After considering a few other neighborhoods, including Williamsburg and Upper East Side, Wold sought out Lincoln Center for where “we should plant our flag” in the city. He said to expect the opening around June.
Orange Theory, the high-intensity interval training fitness studio, is opening a new location on 92nd Street between Columbus and Central Park West. The studio is offering a reduced rate for “Founding Members,” those who join before the official opening on March 24. Each group class consists of treadmill, rowing machine and strength exercises. Orange Theory already has a location on 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus and members will be able to go to either location.
A new restaurant, Taco Tavern, is coming soon to the Northwest corner of Amsterdam and 83rd Street. It should open in about two weeks, said Jennifer, a manager there. They will have a bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as outdoor seating on Amsterdam and along the side of 83rd Street (menu available here). Last spring signage for Barnacho, the Tex-Mex restaurant that has a location on the East Side, went up on the location, which replaced J.G. Melon.
J’s Cleaners, the dry cleaning, laundry and tailoring service, is now open in the Apthorp building on Broadway between 78th and 79th Street. J’s has been in NYC for 30 years and has another UWS location at 70th and Broadway. When customers open an account, they’ll receive 30% off everything except wash and fold for the first 30 days.
Gong Cha, the bubble tea franchise, is now open on Broadway between 71st and 72nd Street. Founded in 2006 in Taiwan, Gong Cha has more than 1,500 locations across 15 countries. The menu has many drink varieties including milk foam, milk tea, “slush,” tea latte and coffee.
A bodega called Jack’s Convenience store is coming to Broadway between 108th and 109th. It will sell organic snacks, cigarettes, craft beer, vaporizers and CBD products.