Open and Shut: Truffles are the Gentrification Endgame

by - July 12, 2010 at 2:15 am -

An entire store devoted to truffles is about to open on the corner of 60th Street and West End Avenue. Truffles! Pretty soon, even regular upper-middle-class people won’t be able to live here. Until then, here’s this week’s Open and Shut.

Urbani Truffles
The Italian truffle company is opening its new American headquarters at 10 West End Avenue on the corner of 60th Street. The new store serves as “a combination showroom, demonstration kitchen and sales office,” the New York Times says. You can get truffle oil, truffle paste, truffle sauces… And by “you,” we mean someone richer than you.

Unnamed Boulud restaurant
Daniel Boulud will open an unnamed French-inspired restaurant with a big bar and grilled food at 64th Street and Broadway this winter. (The New York Post)

Mel’s Burger Bar
The owners of the restaurant on 110th and Broadway we told you about in May wrote in to let us know more about their opening, scheduled for August: “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.”

Flywheel Sports
The indoor cycling fitness club co-founded by Tiki Barber opened a new location at the JCC on 76th and Amsterdam a couple of months ago.

Barber Shop 72
A new barber shop on 72nd Street just East of Columbus Avenue. Plus, free lollipops!

A new lounge has just opened at Columbus Avenue and 106th Street, Columbus-Amsterdam BID president Peter Arndtsen tells us.

The new Crumbs inside the Harrison has opened next door to Giggle on Amsterdam between 76th and 77th. That means the old one one block South has closed. Don’t fret! The new one’s bigger and brighter.

The restaurant and bar at 68th Street and Columbus closed at the end of June after failing to find a buyer. (thanks to tipster Cliff)

Summa Gallery
The art gallery on 85th Street and Columbus Avenue shut down after 23 years because the landlord asked for the space back. (DNAinfo)

The Shark Bar
The soul food restaurant and bar on Amsterdam between 74th and 75th has shut its doors. (Eater)

The sandwich shop at 83rd Street and Columbus has shut down. (thanks to tipster Kate for the info and photo)

Check out all of our Open and Shut columns to see what’s opened and closed in the neighborhood in recent weeks. 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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