On Tuesday I was able to find out some more info on the bar that's coming into the old Total Wine Bar space on Fifth between St. Marks and Prospect, from the owner of Miriam restaurant, and it looks like it'll be a big hit. Butter Lane Cupcakes, which appeared to have shuttered after less than a week in business, was in fact just "freshening up," because they've been bestowed an official lease by the owners, Ricky's NYC, who appear to have not repeated their King of Cupcakes debacle this time around. Also, longtime Ninth Street tile shop A&K Tile Studio closed up.
Wednesday brought word that Shoe Mine, the well-liked little shoe store on Seventh Avenue between 16th and Windsor Place, will be closing within the next couple weeks, as the family who owns it has decided to pack up and move to Trinidad. Also, "Mini Village Hair Spa," the salon that specializes in Japanese hair straightening moving above Brooklyn Flipsters, got some signage.
On Thursday we got some clarification about what's really going on with Jackie's Fifth Amendment. Looks like someone called in a complaint to the DOH, possibly about unsanitary ice, and they shut them right down. They seem to be taking it pretty seriously, though, and are planning on opening up over the weekend.
Finally, Friday left us with a nice treat for the weekend: Culture fro-yo foodporn. Seriously, go there.