By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Ansonia Cleaners, the longtime dry cleaners in the landmarked Ansonia building between Broadway and West End Avenue on 74th Street, is closing. “It has been a pleasure being part of a community for 22 years, getting to know you and having the support of so many wonderful people,” wrote owner Brian Chu in a letter posted on the storefront. “Having good neighbors like you was the motivation for me to serve all these years.” He will not renew the lease, so the business’s last day will be at the end of the month. Brian said that Mr. Lee, the tailor who works out of the shop and has many loyal clients, will be moving to All Being Clean, the dry cleaners at 262 West 77th Street. (Thanks to Gretchen for the tip.)
Lik, a fine art store featuring photographs by Peter Lik, is opening inside the Shops at Columbus Circle on the ground floor near the 60th Street entrance. Peter Lik is an award-winning photographer whose subjects range from landscapes and wildlife to cities and airplanes. Originally from Australia, Lik has several galleries in the US, including one in Soho. (Thanks to Mindi for the tip.)
The Avenue Bar & Kitchen opened on May 17th at 480 Amsterdam (corner of 83rd Street). The space was formerly occupied by Taco Tavern. Colum Flattery, one of the owners, previously ran the Lazy Boy Saloon, a bar and restaurant in White Plains. “I was famous there for creating exotic milkshakes, decorated with candy and chocolate,” he told the Rag in a phone call. His business partners own The Crooked Knife, a bar and restaurant with a few locations downtown.
Flattery described The Avenue as “an Irish pub with a Southern influence.” The offerings, which include lunch, dinner and a full-bar menu, are burgers, sandwiches, salads, potato skins, wings, and ribs, as well as vegan options. Flattery also plans to sit down with the chef to make sure there are gluten-free items on the menu. The Avenue will serve cocktails on tap, including frozen margaritas and frozen pina coladas. There will also be frozen Irish coffee served all day. Flattery is the creator of Flattery’s Fiery Irish Sauce, which is sold on Amazon and will be the main hot sauce on the menu. As an Upper West Side resident, Flattery is looking forward to his next venture right in the neighborhood. “It is a fabulous space, I am excited to open and serve Upper West Siders.”
Screme Gelato Bar at 176 West 94th Street (at Amsterdam Ave) has closed. “The structure in which it was housed was totally removed,” writes tipster Karen. Screme is an outpost of Israel’s largest gelato company and has been at this location for a decade. It served a rotation selection of 200 kosher flavors. WSR tried calling the store but the phone number is disconnected.
Modern Day OptX, an eyeglasses store, is coming to 463 Amsterdam Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd Streets). The space was formerly KES, a women’s clothing store that closed in January. It was most recently the temporary home of The Drilling Room, a theatrical company, which landlord George Beane allowed to use the space while he was waiting for a new tenant to sign a lease.
This will be the second Upper West Side location for Modern Day OptX. Vlad, the owner, has been at 585 Columbus (88th Street) for seven years. He hopes to open the new Amsterdam location in mid-summer. Modern Day OptX carries frames from Japan, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and other European countries. The store specializes in custom fittings. “I’ve seen what they do and it is a big step up from the usual eyeglass store,” writes landlord and tipster George.
Brodo, the walk-in broth shop at 2144 Broadway between 75th and 76th Streets, has closed. “Thank you for five great years in the neighborhood!” reads a sign posted on the storefront. The company’s original location in the East Village will remain open and its products are available to order online.
The former Ayurveda Cafe on Amsterdam now has a new awning saying it’s going to be a deli.
On the corner of Columbus and 94th, the former dry cleaner has a sign up that it’s going to be a laser hair removal center.
I miss Ayurveda!! I loved that place!!
How can any dry cleaners survive the current economy? Nobody needs their pjs dry cleaned and pressed.
The last few times I visited Brodo, they seemed like they just didn’t care anymore.
I know the laundry is closing but you worded it as if it was his choice not to renew the lease.
The landlord refused to renew it, he wanted to stay. The poor guy has a family and no job now.
Ansonia cleaners is closing due to combination of factors.
Yes there is fact LL won’t renew lease, but also by Mr. Chu’s own admission business has been “slow lately”.
Pandemic and response to it has dealt a blow to dry cleaning/laundry industry that was suffering even before 2020.
Rise of casual workplaces and in general less formal attire has meant less things are sent to be dry cleaned. USA is becoming like many parts of Europe, people wear jeans almost everywhere now, including to funerals.
I heard that the former space next door, formerly Cafe Margot, will be another cafe …and needs the Ansonia Cleaners space to expand.
I’m very sorry to see Ansonia Cleaners close. I’ve been a customer for about 15 years and they are great.
I will miss Brodo, great for winter strolls.
We can still at least order online so we can make a home ?
I must have walked past Brodo a thousand times in five years and I never noticed it. Strange how that happens. I guess that’s standard for such an esoteric business.
I still miss Josie’s, the organic restaurant that was in the space Miriam’s is now (74th and Amsterdam). They had the best food ever. It was always packed. What happened? There is nothing comparable on the UWS.
Yes! Josie’s was totally cool. I miss it.
Josie’s was fine but Miriam is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and I’m glad it’s there.
Ugh. Josie’s was hardly ever full. They also had an illegal exhaust vent at street level on 74th that stank up the entire block with putrified grease from their kitchen. If you made the mistake of walking by that vent, it got all over you and your clothes. And no one nearby could ever open their windows without the disgusting smell of rotten meat fouling their homes. I asked them a few time to clean their filters, which would have ameliorated the situation. They laughed at me. They had so many citations from both the Health and Buildings Departments. It’s amazing to me that anyone could have eaten there and survived, let alone enjoyed it. The bakery Recolte that replaced it was excellent, but they couldn’t survive the pandemic sadly.
What’s up with the new Dunkin Donuts coming in at 81st and Broadway on the east side of the street? Did that signage just go up?