The Classic Coffee Shop Reopens on Hester Street

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

The local diner classic is back. The Classic Coffee Shop reopened yesterday after its week-long renovation period. The sign on 56 Hester Street alerting customers to its summer cleaning was definitely a scare. As was the cluttered space – in a state of total disarray – on Tuesday evening. After all, we’re all too familiar […]

Wolfnights Closes for Renovations to Expand its Footprint

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

​Five-year-old Wolfnights closed down its corner restaurant at 99 Rivington Street for renovations this week. For real, though. Paper is in the windows and its marquee signage stripped from the exterior. The new-and-improved wrap joint should reopen, along with its nascent annex, come Friday. What’s strange about this job, however, is that the sidecar space – the […]

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Calexico’s LES Location is Closed for Unspecified ‘Renovations and Repair’

Posted July 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

Here’s one out of left field. Truck-to-store mini-chain Calexico suddenly shuttered its Lower East Side HQ at 153 Rivington Street last week. Reason given, as per the computer printout, is “renovations and repair” work. The closure was sudden and somewhat surprising, given that it’s a well-oiled machine and usually fairly full. We spoke to a few […]

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Melt Bakery Undergoing Makeover on Orchard Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

Melt Bakery is approaching its third year as a standalone shop on Orchard Street. To mark the occasion, owners Julian Plyter and Kareem Ramady have gutted the store. It’s an attempt to “make the store a friendlier place” for customers. Much needed. This place always seems pretty cramped. The dessert shop released the following information […]

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Móle on Allen Street Closed for Renovations Until Further Notice

Last modified June 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

The OG location of Móle on the Lower East Side has been gutted, and is closed until further notice. We happened upon 205 Allen Street yesterday afternoon to find the tiny restaurant in shambles. A sign on the door indicates that the restaurant is out of commission for “remodelations,” and beckons fans to hit up their […]

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El Sombrero in Ruins Ahead of Restaurant Revamp [PHOTOS]

Posted May 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gut renovation began at El Sombrero this week, mere days after the plywood fence was constructed onsite. Even though the name and style of the restaurant is ostensibly to remain the same, it’s nonetheless a bitter pill to swallow. Just look at El Sombrero now. The signage on the Stanton Street frontage was removed and presumably […]

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Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery Closes for Unspecified ‘Refurbishments’

Posted April 9, 2014 at 5:36 am

It took well over a year (and a heap of controversy) to complete the build-out … and a paltry five months to come undone. Paulaner Brauhaus at 265-267 Bowery is down for the count, at least temporarily. The ambitious brewer and beer hall closed for business on Sunday for the all-too-common, unspecified “refurbishments.” We all […]

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Tapeo29 Closes for Week-Long ‘Spring Cleaning’

Posted April 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

Whenever a restaurant shutters without a conspicuous warning to the community, the worst is always expected. Time and again, closing for renovations translates to buried six feet under. Anyway, fans of Tapeo29 on Clinton Street should feel slightly anxious. The restaurant has been closed the past couple nights, and there hasn’t been any public indication […]

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Tiengarden Vegan Spot Reopens on Allen and is Unrecognizable

Posted May 6, 2013 at 6:10 am

The casual eatery that was Tiengarden has undergone a complete transformation. You won’t recognize it.

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Les Enfants Terribles Now Closed for Those Renovations

Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hope you had a chance to visit Les Enfants Terribles recently, as the hangout is now closed.

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