By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Patis, an artisan bakery specializing in European and American pastries and breads, opened on January 4th at 676 Amsterdam Avenue and 93rd Street, a manager at the Grand Central location told WSR. The bakery also sells ice cream, macaroons, chocolate, sandwiches, coffee, and juice. Patis offers dairy free bakery items and is kosher certified. Originating in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Patis has expanded to Brooklyn, Long Island, midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side. This will be the second Upper West Side location for the bakery, which is currently located in the Arthouse Hotel at 2178 Broadway. (Thanks to Marek for the tip.)
West Side Pharmacy at 255 Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets is changing ownership on January 20th. “After 51 years of great service to my community and for health reasons, I have decided to say goodbye,” Dr. Said Saber wrote in a retirement message posted on the storefront, which also thanks his customers. The longtime pharmacy, which will remain in operation, has been frequented by some of the celebrities of the UWS, including John Lennon. “This is a great neighborhood,” said Dr. Saber in a phone call with the Rag. “When you develop a good relationship with people, they will love you no matter what. You just have to be honest and sincere, and that’s it.” (Thanks to David for the tip.)
Ban Ban Shop, a Southeast Asian restaurant serving Bahn Mi sandwiches, Bao buns, grain bowls, salads, and maki rolls, is coming to 2911 Broadway between 113th and 114th Streets. The new concept is led by Nils Noren, a Swedish chef who has previously worked at top restaurants in NYC including Aquavit and Red Rooster Harlem. Ban Ban Shop is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023, according to an announcement from Columbia University, which owns the property.
Top Lashes Studio has opened on the second floor of 148 W. 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam. The salon does eyelash extensions and tinting, eyelash lifts, as well as eyebrow waxing and tinting. “The women who work there are great, and so are their services,” writes tipster Jessica.
Dunkin / Baskin Robbins has opened at 2600 Broadway on the corner of 98th Street – moving from Broadway between 96th and 97th Street. The space used to be a 16 Handles, the yogurt shop. Dunkin, formerly Dunkin Donuts, was founded in 1950 in Quincy Massachusetts and owns the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain. Dunkin officially dropped “donuts” from the company name as part of a rebranding effort in 2018. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, who wanted to offer flavors beyond basic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Today the ice cream company has 1,400 flavors and stores all over the world. (Thanks to Jodi and Karen for the tips.)
Levain Bakery at 351 Amsterdam between 76th and 77th Streets is closed temporarily for renovation and is expected to reopen in three weeks, a company representative told WSR. During the renovation, customers can go to the company’s first location at 167 West 74th Street, which opened in 1995. Levain Bakery was founded by competitive swimmers and triathletes Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald who bonded over baking. Today Levain has locations in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Bethesda, Maryland, and in Wainscott, Long Island. Other shops in NYC are on the Upper East Side, Noho, Harlem, and Williamsburg.
Sapphire, the Indian restaurant at 2014 Broadway between 68th and 69th Streets, closed permanently on December 31st. A sign in the window reads: “We wish to sincerely thank all of our patrons, friends and relationships that we have made over the years.” Sapphire, which opened in 2019 whose goat curry was a fan favorite, wrote that it was unable to survive the pandemic, “other arduous regulations imposed upon us and the loss of business.” (Thanks to Ian for the tip.)
Lovesac, a furniture company specializing in modular sofas that are easy to clean, is opening on January 6th at 230 Columbus Ave. (between 70th and 71st Street). The space was formerly occupied by Theory, the clothing store. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 6PM. Lovesac gained popularity with its line of large, round bean bag chairs. The company has over 100 stores nationwide.