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Friday
Feb272015

Cyprus Avenue and Black Sheep Pub May be Closed for Good

Since Monday, both Cyprus Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, and Black Sheep Pub, around the corner on Bergen, have been closed. A tipster let me know that they've also not been clearing the sidewalk in front of their storefronts, and all signs point to them being potentially closed for good.

A call to Cyprus, the cozy Irish pub that's been open since 2009, revealed that the number had been disconnected, never a good sign. And nobody's been answering the phone at Black Sheep Pub, the no-frills local bar that has the same owners (and kitchen) as Cyprus and has been open for even longer.

Both bars have surprisingly minimal internet presences. Both Black Sheep and Cyprus have never posted anything to their Facebook pages, and neither have websites or Twitter handles, so it's always been very difficult to get in touch with the owners (in 2012 Cyprus closed unexpectedly for about two months for "minor renovations," and no explanation was ever offered). Because the owners are essentially impossible to contact, we'll just have to wait and see whether the bars re-open. I'll keep on it, but considering the fact that both of the bars are closed at the same time for the first time ever, the odds of them opening exactly as they were appear to be slim.

Monday
Dec222014

Closed for Business: 'sNice, Bageltique, Fish and Sip

The last couple weeks of the year always see a flurry of business closures, and this year is no different. 'sNice, on Fifth Avenue and Third Street; Bageltique, on Fifth between President and Carroll; and Fish & Sip, on Flatbush near Bergen, have all closed for good.

'sNice was shuttered by the Department of Health on December 8, and the owners reportedly decided that it was impossible to reopen having had its reputation take such a hit. A rep from the Fifth Avenue BID told me that the landlord was doing work in the building, which caused mice to infest the restaurant right as the DOH decided to pay a visit. The owners cleared out the space last week, reportedly after hearing passersby say that they'd never return. 

5th Ave Bageltique Cafe, the dependable double-wide bagel shop, shut down on Friday. It may not be gone for good, however, as it's re-opening under new ownership at some point next month, according to a notice in the window. No word on what kinds of changes will be in store.

FInally, Fish and Sip, the Mediterranean-inspired fish-oriented restaurant, closed as planned last week as well, as its owners have decided to convert the space into a Mexican restaurant called Don Chingon and reopen sometime this winter. No details about what to expect are forthcoming, except for the fact that they've been granted a liquor license.

Friday
Oct102014

Closed for Business: Campo de' Fiori, 187 Fifth Avenue

Campo de' Fiori, the four year-old pizzeria on the corner of Fifth and Berkeley that specialized in Roman-style pizza ala pala, appears to have closed for good. The restaurant has been entirely cleared out, and a worker inside the space confirmed that it won't be re-opening. Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo of the work in progress.

Owner Andrea Dal Monte spent 15 years perfecting his dough recipe, and the unique pizzas were characterized by their square shape, light and crisp crust, and tasty toppings like the bacon and pecorino on their popular Matriciana. It had trouble finding its niche, however, and was never exactly packed, even though it was able to stick around for four years.

I've reached out to Dal Monte for details, and will update if I hear back.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Yogurberry Closed, Luscious Food Closing on Fifth

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Some closing news to report from the north end of Fifth Avenue: Yogurberry, the generic fro-yo shop that opened in May of 2012 on the corner of Prospect, closed up shop last week, and the 10 year-old Luscious Foods, the homestyle prepared foods and sandwich shop between St. Marks and Bergen, will be closing at the end of the month.

"Rumors are true. Luscious Food will be closing this month," owner Christine Zeni said in an email. "Our ten year lease is up and the new lease offer is awful. So we have no choice but to close our doors. We thank all of our customers whom have made us a part of their family. We will miss you all."

Yogurberry, which has locations as far reaching as Nigeria, Paraguay, and India, has had trouble making a go of it in New York, where a Flatiron district location also closed recently. In a market that's been oversaturated with fro-yo shops for years, it really had nothing to separate it from the pack.

As for Luscious, the news comes as a disappointment. The sandwiches (like the Slow Ro, with roast beef, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish spread) were creative and tasty, and the rotating menu of prepared salads, sides, and main dishes was always good in a pinch. Zeni's desserts are outrageous as well; make sure you try her oatmeal cream pie cookies before the last day on October 31.

Friday
Oct032014

Closed for Business: Uncle Arthur's Cafe, 237 9th Street

Uncle Arthur's Cafe, which opened back in April on Ninth Street just west of Fourth Avenue, has closed. A "Closed for Renovations" sign was posted on the front door, but owner Richard Gussoff confirmed that it won't be re-opening.

The restaurant, which doubled as a cafe during the morning rush, was generally well-reviewed, but its off-the-beaten-path location didn't do it any favors. Gussoff, who has met with great success as the chef behind the popular wintertime pop-up The Soup Bowl on Seventh near Ninth Street, added that his business partner promised to operate the business when Gussoff left mid-October to re-open the Soup Bowl but later reneged, saying that he's "at this time unable to take on this responsibiity."

While it's disappointing that this venture didn't work out for Gussoff, who lives in the neighborhood and has won serious praises for his soups, it's good to know that he'll be opening The Soup Bowl for the winter once again later this month in its regular location at 319 7th Avenue. He's also looking into opening a second location this winter on Smith Street.

Photo via Yelp