By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Juicy Jungle, a smoothie and juice bar, has replaced Forever Coffee at 2263 Broadway between 81st and 82nd Streets. Nine months ago Daniela Garcia, the owner, moved from her native Colombia, to New York with her husband, who is Brazilian. “I’ve always enjoyed our culture and our food, so that’s why we wanted to start serving coffee and açaí bowls, which are popular in Brazil,” she said on a call with WSR. The “jungle” in the shop’s name refers to both South American rainforests and the concrete jungle of NYC. In the next few months, Garcia hopes to start donating a portion of the shop’s sales to the reforestation of the Amazon.
Sandwell, a “heathyish” toasted sandwich shop, is opening at 412 Amsterdam between 79th and 80th Streets. The sandwiches will be served on bread that’s baked in-house daily. This will be the shop’s first location and is expected to open this fall. The space used to be Bettola, the German-Italian restaurant that closed last year.
Spirit Halloween, the seasonal chain store that pops up in the fall to sell costumes for kids and adults, is opening this month at 2431 Broadway at the corner of 90th Street. Founded in 1983, Spirit has more than 1,450 pop-up locations across the US. The space used to be Face Values & Beyond, a brand of Bed Bath & Beyond.
Kukdae Taekwondo is opening on Broadway between 98th and 99th Streets. This appears to be Kukdae’s first studio in Manhattan (there’s another business registered under this name in Flushing, Queens). Kukdae will offer lessons for adults and teens in taekwondo, a Korean martial art. A class schedule can be found on their website. The space has been vacant for several years.
Friend of a Farmer, a restaurant that uses local ingredients, announced on Instagram that they will be opening their Upper West Side location on September 20th. The greatly anticipated new location at 68 West 71st Street will be Friend of a Farmer’s second restaurant (the first is near Gramercy Park) and was initially expected to open in November 2022. Friend of a Farmer, which dates back to 1986, is known as a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. It will be open for brunch and dinner. The space was previously Pasha Turkish restaurant.
Yakitori Sun-Chan, a Japanese restaurant at 2707 Broadway (between 103rd and 104th), appears to be closed and has a “For Sale” sign in the window. The restaurant was temporarily closed back in January after violations were found by the NYC Department of Health. At the time, the restaurant’s Instagram posted that it was closed for maintenance. Yakitori Sun-Chan then reopened in February. WSR tried calling the restaurant but our calls went unanswered. (Thanks to Heather and Christine for the tips.)
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