By Scott Etkin
Steve Hlay, owner of Crepes on Columbus, is bringing his family’s business Trudy’s Ice Cream to the corner of 108th Street and Columbus Avenue, replacing Zanny’s Cafe. “The space that I was looking at opened up and since I’m crazy enough, I said, ‘yeah, that might work out,’” he said. Steve’s parents started Trudy’s, named after Steve’s mother, in 1953 in West Virginia. Steve took over the business after they retired and he still runs ice cream concessions at state fairs in West Virginia and South Carolina.
The flavors they’ll serve – including Peanut Butter, Bacon Maple Walnut, Pumpkin Pecan, German Chocolate and Coffee Toffee Crunch – are a mix of ones created by Steve and his parents over the years. These treats, along with the cinnamon crisp waffle cones, are all homemade. Steve moved to New York in the ‘80s as an actor and opened Crepes on Columbus in 2004. “My first apartment was right here on 109th Street and Columbus Avenue,” he said. “Never knowing I’d open up a restaurant some 20 years later.” (Thanks to Aaron for the tip.)
Street Taco, a casual Mexican restaurant with street art-inspired décor, is opening on the corner of 102nd Street and Broadway on May 16. Brunch options like the Bodega Sandwich, Churro French Toast and Hangover Burrito stand out on the menu. There’s also a creative list of cocktails and margarita flavors, such as passionfruit jalapeño. The first Street Taco is downtown on the East Side and the new UWS location replaces the restaurant Mexican Festival. (Thanks to Ryan and Bill for the tips.)
Madison Reed, a hair color bar, is now open on Columbus between 72nd and 71st Street. The salon specializes in coloring with premium ingredients that aren’t damaging. They offer a free consultation with a “licensed colorist” in the shop or over a video call. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
Munch & Ooo’s, a bodega selling snacks and smoking paraphernalia, is coming to 200 West End Avenue near 70th Street, where Beverly Hills Dry Cleaners used to be. “Happy to see something in this space – vacant for too long.” writes tipster Alexandra. (Thanks to Willi and Sasha for the tip.)
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