Open and Shut: New Local Options for Hair, Nails, and Beef

by - May 3, 2010 at 1:14 am -

This week’s Open and Shut comes to you in two’s: two new places to make yourself pretty, two competing phone stores just blocks away from each other, two new restaurants serving beef products. All that, plus pizza, books, and pet stuff.

Fontainebleau Nails & Spa
The new spa at 155 West 66th Street offers a full slate of services, from manicures to steam treatments and massages. Men can get their chests waxed for $30 and up. And children can even have spa parties. (is that like a pool party?)

Salon 66
A new salon has opened up at 60 West 66th Street, just east of Columbus Avenue.

Mel’s Burger Bar
A mysterious new burger joint is opening in the spot of the old Tomo Japanese restaurant on Broadway between 110th and 11th Streets. (Bwog, for info and photo.)

Prime KO
Last Monday, the Japanese-inspired Kosher steakhouse we told you about a few months ago opened at 217 West 85th Street, off Broadway. It’s also got a sushi bar downstairs (no shellfish, of course!). They also serve “Japanese fries”. Can someone please tell us what those are? The menu is here.

Petco Unleashed
The pet store chain is almost ready to open up in the spot of the former Danskin on Columbus Avenue between 67th and 68th Streets. And they’re hiring! Go to to apply. (Racked)

The AT&T store on 72nd Street just west of Columbus that closed down with a marshal’s order on its door a couple of months ago has reopened, with flags and banners heralding its return.

Not to be outdone, a Verizon store is opening just a few blocks up Columbus, at the corner of 75th Street. They’re also hiring.

Two Boots
As we told you a couple of weeks ago, the pizza chain that started in the East Village is coming to Broadway between 95th and 96th Streets. (thanks again to Daren)

Juilliard Bookstore
Juilliard is opening a new bookstore in the Alice Tully Hall building on 66th Street just west of Broadway. Official opening date is May 10.

Juilliard Bookstore Trailer
With the opening of the new bookstore a couple of doors down, the old trailer that used to house the Juilliard bookstore has closed down. Though ugly, it was weirdly iconic, which is like a lot of things in our neighborhood.

Check out all of our Open and Shut columns to see what’s opened and closed in the neighborhood in recent weeks. Open and Shut is nothing without YOU! Please send us your tips and hunches about new businesses in the neighborhood, and let us know if you see any businesses that are closing.

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  1. Amanda Smear says...

    Hey Westside Independent,

    I’m here to take some of the “mystery” out of Mel’s Burger Bar! We’re going to be a great addition to the neighborhood- family friendly but with a full bar, 20 beers on tap, and 5 flat screens. Though we are a “Burger Bar” we’ll have plenty of other things to choose from- salads, delicious appetizers and sides, ribs, quesadillas, etc.

    We’ll be open by the first week of August, but for late-breaking news and special promotional deals, follow us at: