By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Taco Tavern at 480 Amsterdam Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets) has closed and an Irish pub called The Avenue will be moving into the space. Colum Flattery, one of the owners, told West Side Rag that the pub’s menu will have a southern influence, serving Cajun stuffed prime rib, vegan and standard jambalaya, baby ribs, and tequila lime wings. The Avenue will also serve cocktails on tap, frozen margaritas, and Irish coffee. He is hoping to open on May 2nd and renovations on the space are already underway. (Thanks to Caroline for the tip.)
A gastropub (name not yet announced) is planning to open at 174 W. 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam by the end of the year. The space has been vacant for a decade but has been home to Irish pubs dating back to the 1950s (previously P.D. O’Hurley’s and prior to that, Donohue’s). The new establishment will have four principal owners, including Michael Nash and Carmel Galvin, who run the bars Faces & Names and Rumors in Midtown, “Our focus is going to be on a good kitchen,” said Galvin, speaking at a Community Board 7 meeting. She said that they will serve food until 3am to cater to late-night workers in the service industry who have little alternatives to fast food at that hour. “We’re going to light up that corner,” said Nash, who noted that the area has become less busy since the pandemic. “A little foot traffic will add to the safety of the neighborhood.”
Variazioni, the discount women’s clothing store, has moved into the long-vacant Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 532 Amsterdam (corner of 86th Street) as of last week. A store clerk told the Rag that it is a permanent location, not a pop-up. Variazioni has a few other locations in NYC, including the Upper West Side, that frequently run sales. (Thanks to Jamie for the tip.)
Broadway Pizza, the longtime restaurant at 2709 Broadway between 103rd and 104th Streets has reopened after a renovation. The updated space includes a new cappuccino bar, wrote tipster Ava. Broadway Pizza was established in 1992 and changed management in September 2020.
The Starbucks on Columbus and 86th Street is closed temporarily for renovations. A sign on the window apologizes to customers for any inconvenience and says they are working to re-open the store on Monday, April 17th. (Thanks to Joanna for the tip.)
Spectrum has opened a large store at 2829 Broadway (at 109th Street), the 40th location in the NYC region for the internet and telecom company. It will feature “the latest devices and accessories for Spectrum Mobile,” according to a press release. “Along with ordering and sampling Spectrum services, customers also can complete a variety of transactions at the store, including account paymounts and upgrading or exchanging equipment.” Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Zurna, a falafel, hummus, and burger restaurant, has signage up at 2715 Broadway between 103rd and 104th Streets, at the former home of the long-time restaurant Jerusalem. Zurna refers to a woodwind instrument used to play folk music. (Thanks to Ken, Julie and Linda for the tips.)