By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
H Mart, a Korean supermarket chain with around 100 stores nationally, is reportedly opening at 210-20 Amsterdam and 69th Street, in the former location of a Rite Aid. H Mart was founded in 1982 by Il Yeon Kwan, a farmer’s son who left South Korea in the 1970’s and opened the first store in Woodside, Queens. The “H” in H Mart stands for “Han Ah Reum” meaning “one armful of groceries.” H Mart’s theme is “abundance,” The New York Times wrote in describing its variety of products, which range from produce to home goods. (Thanks to an anonymous mother-in-law and Dupont Dry Cleaners, next door to the new market.)
Song’E Napule, a pizzeria and trattoria, is having its soft opening at 464 Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd Streets on March 20th, starting at 4pm. The Italian restaurant’s first location opened in 2015 in the West Village. The new UWS location replaces Mokum, a restaurant that closed in 2020. (Thanks to Leah, Kapil and Elaheh for the tips.)
Playa Bowls, the açaí bowl chain, is opening a new location on the corner of 110th Street and Broadway on March 18th at 11am. A Vitamin Shoppe used to be in the space. Playa Bowls, which sells smoothies, juices and fruit bowls, has more than 150 shops across the country and opened a location on the UWS last year at Broadway and 84th Street. (Thanks to Gary for the tip.)
Friend of a Farmer is opening at 68 West 71st street (between Central Park West and Columbus) at the end of March or first week in April, a representative from the restaurant told West Side Rag in an email. Friend of a Farmer was founded in Gramercy Park on Irving Place in 1986 as a “pioneer in the farm to table movement serving food with seasonally fresh and local ingredients,” the rep said. The Upper West Side location will be the third for the restaurant, which was supposed to open in November 2022 but was delayed. You can read West Side Rag’s interview with one of Friend of a Farmer’s owners here.
Park West Laundromat, a laundromat and dry cleaner at 101 West 84th Street (off Columbus) is under new ownership as of last week. The previous owners sold the business. West Side Rag spoke to the new owner, who said he plans to replace all of the washing machines and dryers with new ones that he has ordered. The new machines should arrive in about ten weeks, he said. He will keep the name the same. (Thanks to Michael for the tip.)
Skin Laundry, a salon that gives facials using “medical-grade lasers,” has opened at 250 Columbus between 72nd and 71st Streets. The company was founded in 2012 in Santa Monica, California, and now has more than 20 locations, including a few in NYC. Its facials are performed by registered nurses. The space was previously a Jeffrey Stein hair salon.
Broadway Pizza at 2709 Broadway between 103rd and 104th Streets has closed. The phone number appears to be disconnected and it is not accepting online orders. Broadway Pizza was established in 1992 and changed management in September 2020. A new pizza place might be moving in there – we will post an update when we have more information. (Thanks to Heather for the tip.)