Open and Shut: When Starbucks Closes, the End is Near

by - March 29, 2010 at 2:10 am -

For a couple of months there, it seemed like the local commercial real estate market was picking up. We were reporting tons of openings, with fresh-faced entrepreneurs flooding into the neighborhood. This week, though, we have twice as many closings as openings to report, even at big chains like Starbucks. Is this a blip or a sign of things to come?

Canteen 82
A new restaurant will replace Water Moon, the pan-Asian restaurant on Columbus between 82nd and 83rd that closed recently. It’s unclear what Canteen 82 will be serving, but they’ve been looking to hire some pastry chefs recently.

“New American Cuisine” is coming to Columbus Avenue and 93rd Street. Scratch will open at 680 Columbus, the former site of Roth’s Steakhouse, which just closed (see below). It will be run by the same owner and chef as Roth’s, which also plans to eventually reopen at a new location. I’ve never really understood what New American Cuisine meant (can I get mayo with that?) but there is a Wikipedia entry for it, so it must be real.

The online brokerage is moving into a 1,400-square-foot spot at the corner of West 88th Street and Broadway, the site of the former Variazioni clothing store. (New York Post via tipster Daren)

GINA (Gallery of International Naïve Art)
The art gallery at Columbus Avenue and 82nd Street, dedicated to allowing artists to “bare the child-like ruminations of their hearts and souls”, is closing for good on March 31. It was unable to pay its $25,000-a-month rent, one of the managers told us. There is another GINA in Tel Aviv. (thanks to tipster Kate for the heads-up)

The Gap
The apparel retailer has left its prime 10,000-square-foot corner on 86th and Broadway. (Crain’s) – Correction: it’s open. Crain’s was mistaken.

The coffee chain’s location at 98th Street and Broadway closed last month, meaning you will have to walk a whole three blocks to the one on 95th and Broadway. (Thanks to Harriet for the tip and photo)

Eighty One
Ed Brown’s fancy eatery is closing less than two years after it first opened its doors at 45 West 81st Street. It’s food actually earned 26 points from Zagat, no small achievement, but Brown couldn’t convince people to splurge at the restaurant for more than special occasions. It’s last dinner service will be Easter Sunday. (New York Post) (hat-tip to Daren)

Roth’s Westside Steakhouse
The steakhouse at Columbus Avenue and 93rd Street has closed, to be replaced by Scratch (see above). It plans to reopen eventually at a new undisclosed location. (photo via Roth’s)

Water Moon
After weeks of promising to reopen following a “renovation”, the pan-Asian restaurant at 467 Columbus Avenue finally gave in and closed, making way for Canteen 82 (above). (Thanks to tipster Kate)

Have you noticed a new business on the Upper West Side, or one that’s closed? Let us know!

(photos by Avi, except where otherwise indicated)

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