By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Shakespeare & Co., the bookstore, is opening in March at 2736 Broadway at the corner of West 105th Street. Shakespeare & Co., founded in 1983, already has a location at 2020 Broadway (70th Street), and one on the Upper East Side. “We plan to carry exciting new titles, an extensive backlist of classic titles, and offer a great selection of books for children and young adults,” a manager from the Upper East Side store wrote to West Side Rag in an email. The space was formerly Steps, a discount women’s clothing store that closed last year. (Thanks to Aaron, Dave, Sally, and Erin for the tips.)
Harry’s Shoes, the longtime UWS favorite for footwear on Broadway and West 83rd Street, is closing its children’s department. A manager told West Side Rag there is no set date; they will close once the inventory is all sold. Harry’s formerly had a separate outpost nearby just for kids, but that shop closed in early 2022 and its inventory was brought into the main store. Harry’s has been in business in New York City since 1931, at its current location since 1975. (Thanks to Nina for the tip.)
Brunch, a diner-like restaurant at 2201 Broadway (between West 78th and 79th streets), has opened. It’s been a long wait: Signage for the restaurant has been up since, at least, the summer of 2022, and it took more than a year to receive their gas connection, Robert, the owner, told West Side Rag. Robert runs other restaurants downtown, but he is familiar with the UWS having previously lived in the neighborhood. He described the menu as offering “comfort food” – including pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, salads, and more. They are aiming to ramp up slowly, and do not offer delivery, he added. The space was formerly the diner, New Wave Cafe, which closed in the summer of 2020. (Thanks to Carol for the tip.)
Mizu Hibachi, a Japanese restaurant, has opened at 940 Amsterdam between West 106th and 107th streets. The large menu includes ramen, noodle dishes (udon or soba), sushi rolls, bento box combos, and more. The space has been vacant for the past few years, but used to be a Yasha Ramen. (Thanks to Erin for the tip.)
Village Square Pizza at West 93rd Street and Broadway is closed temporarily for maintenance, according to a sign posted on the storefront. The chain, which started out in the West Village and has a few locations in New York City, opened this UWS location just a few months ago.
Marinara, the pizza place at Broadway and West 97th Street that opened in the summer of 2023, has also been closed for the past couple months. A notice from ConEd is posted on the storefront indicating that the gas supply has been shut off. Marinara has a few locations in New York City, and the chain’s other Upper West Side location at West 83rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue remains open. We’ll post an update when there’s more information. (Thanks to Bobby for the tip.)
A combined store for Auntie Anne’s, the pretzel shop, and Carvel, the ice cream shop, has signage up at 2568 Broadway (between West 96th and 97th streets). The space was formerly a Dunkin’/Baskin Robbins, which moved a block north to 2600 Broadway, on the corner of West 98th Street, in January 2023. Auntie Anne’s and Carvel are owned by Focus Brands, a restaurant company that has some 5,000 stores under its umbrella. (Thanks to Robert for the tip.)
Bravo West Pizza, at 2345 Broadway (between West 85th and 86th streets) has closed. The storefront’s landlord is alleging that it was driven out of business by food carts that park along this street, according to Patch. The landlord’s lawsuit is asking nearly $1 million from the city, due to its alleged failure to stop unlicensed food trucks from operating, and Bravo’s continuing losses of at least $62,000 per month, Patch reported. There has been a pizza parlor in this storefront – World’s Famous, then Mama’s Famous, then Bravo West – since at least 2011, according to Google Maps. (Thanks to Ilene and Nina for the tips.)
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