By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
The Granola Bar is opening in December, 2023, at 551 Amsterdam Avenue (87th Street), a company representative told West Side Rag. Kirsh Bakery, which closed in October 2022, was previously in the space. The Granola Bar was founded in Westport, Connecticut in 2013 by friends Dana Noorily and Julie Mountain (@granolygirls). There are now seven locations in Connecticut and Westchester, and this will be the first in New York City. The cafe is a “home-away-from-home eatery,” the rep said, offering “health-forward, quality-driven options,” specializing in homemade granolas in a variety of flavors, including cinnamon honey, lemon biscotti, maple bacon, and dark chocolate. They also serve sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls, pasta, and smoothies. The shop will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Thanks to Matt for the tip.)
Beambar, a teeth-whitening salon, opened on September 23rd at 290 Columbus between 73rd and 74th Streets. The salon takes walk-ins and advance appointments for teeth-whitening sessions, which last about an hour and cost $129 (a $99 special promotion is being run through the end of September). The gel treatment is “FDA registered,” according to the company’s website, and works by “removing stains from the tooth’s pores; it is not abrasive or damaging to the enamel.” The whitening process involves hydrogen peroxide, which is activated by blue LED lighting, Kayvon, the salon manager, told West Side Rag. Vitamin E oil is also applied to the gums. The process is DIY (do it yourself) Kayvon explained, with instructors teaching clients how to apply both the hydrogen peroxide and the oil. Results last for six to eight weeks, he told the Rag. There is another Beambar downtown on Bleeker Street, which is the flagship location. The UWS space was previously the Barber Shop Museum.
Panera Bread, the bakery-cafe chain, has opened at 2333 Broadway and 85th Street — its only location on the Upper West Side. Originally founded in 1987 as St. Louis Bread Company, Panera now has 2,000 locations in North America, including several in New York City. The company is still based in Missouri. The space used to be a Victoria’s Secret. (Thanks to Heather for the tip.)
Broadway Bubbles laundromat is closing its longtime location at 2785 Broadway between 107th and 108th Streets. A staff member said they are moving to a new location, but couldn’t provide specifics (we’ll follow up with more information when available).
According to a report by Patch, Bubbles will be replaced by Nan Xiang Soup Dumpling, a Shanghainese restaurant. Its original location opened in Flushing, Queens, in 2006 and has been recommended by the Michelin Guide. Nan Xiang’s other locations are typically open early (9 a.m. or 11 a.m.) till late at night. (Thanks to Ann for the tip.)
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