Boogie Staff Picks: The Year In Quickie Closures [2010]

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 at 3:15 pm by

The constant ebb and flow of businesses in a given neighborhood is a natural occurrence.  Yet, on the Lower East Side, it seems to happen quicker than normal, particularly in the food realm.  This listicle is a compilation of five short-lived establishments that both opened and closed in the year 2010.

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Kung Fu Bing (189 East Houston Street)
(Life: 3 months) Originally located at the junction of Eldridge and Division Streets, the Binger moved up to East Houston in July. By mid-October, the eatery was suspiciously “closed for restructuring.” Their fate was confirmed a week later with a chalkboard message saying the store was for sale.

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Pizza Junkie (11 Stanton Street)
(Life: 8 months) Opened in March on Stanton Street near Bowery. Closed eight months later without any notice to the neighborhood.

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JC Hibachi (198A Orchard Street)
(Life: 3 months) JC Hibachi replaced Open the Sesame in April 2010, but had zero luck drawing a crowd.  Community Board 3 struck down their application for a liquor license, and the eatery eventually closed in late July.

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Bun & Co. (78 Rivington Street)
(Life: 4 months) In August, the owner of Kampuchea decided to re-brand his restaurant into a new sandwich concept called Bun & Co. The changeover occurred and lasted four months before the gates were drawn for good.

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Xiao Ye (198 Orchard Street)
(Life: 4 months) Outspoken chef-restaurateur Eddie Huang hit the ground running with this Taiwanese eatery in July 2010. Unfortunately, he got in hot water thanks to his flamboyant love of Four Loko. The establishment closed in November.

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