By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
KES, the women’s clothing store at 463 Amsterdam (between 82nd and 83rd Streets), will close its doors on January 31st. “I want to take a pause and reimagine my relationship with fashion,” said owner and designer Lia Kes in a conversation with WSR. “It is time for a change of direction, I need time for myself.” Kes opened the store on Amsterdam Avenue in 2014 and another store in Soho last year (which will also close on January 31st). The focus of her pieces was “day to night, casual to dressy, with a specialty in silk slip dresses,” Kes said. “I worked with biodegradable materials such as silk, cotton, linen and cashmere, and turned them into luxury.” Kes also sold her line to larger stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix.
“I can’t say thank you enough to the Upper West Side for the support. Being here has been an amazing experience. I loved spending time in the store and meeting clients. Upper West Siders really appreciated our clothing,” Kes said. She will be hosting a cocktail party open to the public on January 26th from 4 to 7pm. “It will be a celebration, I want things to end on a positive note. I feel very fortunate,” she said. Items in the store are now on sale (between 30% and 80% off).
A Chipotle is planning to open “sometime this year” at the corner of 97th Street and Broadway, according to a spokesperson from the company. The large retail space at 2575 Broadway, which is more than 14,000 square feet, used to be a Walgreens and is going to “be split in half,” writes tipster Aviva, who spoke with a worker there. The south side is expected to become a medical facility and the north side will be a Chipotle. While the Chipotle spokesperson did not have more details to share at this point, the new Mexican restaurant would be the chain’s fourth location on the Upper West Side.
El Fish Marisqueria is opening on the corner of 67th Street and Amsterdam on February 2nd. It is the latest venture from chef/owner Julian Medina and restaurateur Louis Skibar, both of Toloache Restaurant Group. For the menu, Chef Medina drew inspiration from the fish and farmers’ markets in Mexico’s fishing capital, Ensenada (marisqueria means seafood restaurant). “We chose the Upper West Side because we felt that it is a great neighborhood with loyal customers who appreciate Mexican food as much as we do,” said Chef Medina in a statement to WSR. “It’s a lively area with so much culture, so we’re excited to be a part of the community.” A previous iteration of the restaurant was called “El Fish Shack” and opened in Astoria as a New England-themed pop-up seafood restaurant. (Thanks to Lese for the tip.)
The FedEx location at 221 West 72nd Street near Broadway has reopened after being temporarily closed for repairs due to a water main break in the residential building above it, a FedEx representative told WSR. (Thanks to Loraine for the tip.)
7th Street Burger, the NYC-based burger chain, opened a new location on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st Streets. Oaxaca Taqueria was formerly in the space. 7th Street Burger serves “classic American smash-burgers for takeout and delivery,” including cheeseburgers and Impossible burgers. There are five other locations in Manhattan (the original one is on East 7th Street). “They truly have the best vegan burger in New York City!” writes tipster Amy.
A Spectrum phone, internet and cable store is opening in the vacancy left by TD Bank on Broadway between 109th and 110th Streets. (Thanks to Alex for the tip.)