Construction of a new French/Hungarian cafe is well underway in the space that was last occupied by Ozzie's Coffee, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Place. As first reported back in December, the new cafe will be a partnership between Couleur Cafe owner Murat Ozcan and friend Gabor Ferencz (they both met while working at Midtown's Brasserie Ruhlmann), and will have the same dedication to fresh ingredients and community as the very popular Couleur further down the avenue.
It was a little disheartening, though, to look inside and see that all of the ancient pharmacy fixtures that gave Ozzie's so much charm have been removed (except for the "Prescriptions" woodwork on the back wall). When I spoke with Ozcan about his plans for the space, he assured me that all of the vintage woodwork would remain in place, and that they in fact found more old hidden woodwork that they'd be exposing.
I'm no construction expert, so possibly they needed to remove it all in order to fix up the infrastructure before returning it to its rightful place (which is what I'm hoping for), but we'll just have to wait and see on this one.