By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Bettola, the restaurant on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th Streets, serving German and Italian cuisine, will close on August 31st. Giga Leszy and Vlado Kolenic, originally from the Czech Republic, have been the owners since 2016. For ten years prior to that, Leszy was the restaurant’s manager. “After years of being a part of the UWS community, it is with a heavy heart that we will be closing,” Leszy wrote to West Side Rag. “Since the pandemic, we have been trying to keep Bettola afloat. We have not been able to reach an agreement with the landlord, and paying high rent plus significantly increased supply costs makes it impossible.” Leszay and Kolenic may open a new restaurant, but said “NYC has become too difficult for small business owners like us.” (Thanks to Marjorie for the tip.)
William Greenberg Desserts has opened on Amsterdam between 73rd and 74th Streets in the space formerly occupied by the chocolate shop Jacques Torres. The bakery, popular for its black and white cookies, sells kosher custom cakes, brownies, and other baked goods. It was founded on the Upper East Side by William Greenberg in 1946 after he served in World War II. The bakery still has a store on the UES, as well as in Hudson Yards, and at the Plaza Hotel Food Court. The bakery delivers nationwide. (Thanks to Joeanna for the tip.)
Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza, the longtime Italian restaurant on Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets, has closed. “It has been a privilege to serve this community for 30 years,” wrote owner Tony Iracani in a message to customers. “With your patronage, we made it through the most challenging times. I am sad to say that now due to circumstances beyond our control we have to close.” Iracani also told West Side Rag that the restaurant could not “keep up with the expenses.” Cafe Viva had a big menu of pasta, salad and pizzas with whole wheat, gluten-free and corn crust.
Osteria Accademia, an Italian restaurant, is replacing the Italian restaurant Scarlatto at 646 Amsterdam Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets. Accademia will incorporate the theme from its name into its decor, using upcycled books “for looks, but also as sound control,” according to a website for recruiting staff. “It’s also a conversation starter.” A menu hasn’t been posted yet, but the same site indicates it will be casual fare: “We are not fine dining, but we pride ourselves on giving stellar service and establishing a rapport with every table.” (Thanks to Zvonko and Joseph and for the tips.)
Shobha, a beauty salon for hair removal, is opening on the east side of Broadway between 75th and 76th Streets. Founded in 2001, Shobha has been named as the salon with the “best brow treatments” by Allure magazine and the “best bikini wax” by New York magazine. Shobha already has a location nearby at Columbus Circle, as well as in Soho and Brooklyn.
The Dunkin Donuts on Broadway between 96th and 97th Street is moving just north to the corner of 98th Street and Broadway. The move, which will replace 16 Handles, is planned for this fall (October or November). The new location will have a Baskin-Robbins, which is part of the same ownership group as Dunkin, Inspire Brands.