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Wednesday
Jul232014

M&S Prime Meats to Close in August, Russo's Taking Over the Space

Some sad news to report: The neighborhood's last old-school pork store, M&S, will be closing its doors for good in August. Owner Mel Diaz sent me the below photo of the note that he's posted on the front door.

M&S Traces its origins to 1948, when Anthony Schiccitano opened A&S Fine Food and Pork Store (his initials) up the avenue at 274 5th, now home to nail salon Reedchy. Brothers Mel Diaz and Sal Bonello took over the store in 2005 and gave it their own initials, and due to a rent dispute with Schiccitano's daughter they were forced to move into the current space, between 2nd and 3rd Streets, in 2008 (here's a full history). The brothers, who honed their skills at Little Italy's Italian Food Center, continued turning out freshmade mozzarella and ricotta, antipasti, homemade sausages, fresh pasta, freshly-butchered meats, and some outstanding sandwiches in the old-school tradition, and Mel took full ownership after Sal's untimely passing in 2010 at age 40.

Mel's own health problems are now forcing him to close the shop's doors for good, after a 66-year run. Thankfully, though, it doesn't end here. Russo's, which traces its lineage all the way back to a still-extant shop on Manhattan's 11th Street that's been open since 1908 (and a second location up on 7th Avenue and 10th and 11th Streets since 1996), will be taking over the location. Now run by Jack Russo, they're known for their fresh pasta and homemade mozzarella, ricotta, prepared foods, and antipasti; no word on whether they will continue M&S' tradition of selling fresh meats here, but they'll most likely sell sausages, like they do at their other locations.

A handful of businesses based on Seventh Avenue, like Eric Shoes and Pure Essentials, have opened second locations on Fifth within the past year. While it's sad to see M&S shutter after all these years (and I hope that Mel's health issues aren't too serious), it's nice a century-old Italian deli join them.

Tuesday
Jul152014

Excelsior to Close, Looking for a New Home

The building that's been home to Excelsior, one of the area's only remaining gay bars, since 1999, has been sold, and it will be closing soon, a bartneder there confirmed.

The venerable establishment has outlasted plenty of other nearby watering holes, and along with Ginger's it's the only local one geared toward the LGBT community. While they're being forced to close, it's not due to a rent increase or the like; the building was sold and needs to be delivered vacant, and while a closing date hasn't been set yet there's a good chance that they'll be sticking around until August 31.

While they'll no longer be in the same space by the time cooler weather rolls around, they're not gone for good; the bartender told me that the owners are actively searching for a new home nearby.

Photo via Foursquare

Monday
Jun232014

Luis TV Repair/ Danny's Electronics to Close


Danny's Electronics, the repair shop on 5th Avenue and Douglass Street formerly known as Luis TV Repair, will be closing at the end of the month, according to a sign in the window.

The shop, which specializes in tv, computer, and stereo repair, is being booted due to the building being sold and the lease not being renewed.

It was first opened in 1994 by Luis Narvaez, and was run by him and his sons. At some point recently one of the sons, Danny, took it over. It was one of the last electronics repair shops in the neighborhood, and I always appreciated its fading hand-lettered sign.

Wednesday
Feb262014

Trois Pommes Patisserie Closing March 23

I first noticed a couple weeks ago that Trois Pommes Patisserie, the 7 year-old bakery on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, had been put up for rent for $8,500/month. As expected, the bakery will be closing soon, and its last day will be March 23rd, owner Emily Isaac posted to Facebook. Here's the note:

"Dear Facebook Friends:
I am sad to report that we will be closing this location on 3/23. We will keep you posted on information about our new location. Thank you for a great almost seven years. Please join us at 5pm on the 23rd for a farewell party and bake sale. $10 will get you booze, food and all the baked goods you can grab."

While it hasn't been officially confirmed, rumor has it that the bakery will be moving to a new home in Sunset Park. For many, no stroll down 5th Avenue was complete without a stop into Trois Pommes, and it'll be missed. Make sure to stop in to pay your respects before it's gone for good.

Thursday
Jan022014

Fifth Avenue's Eidolon to Close This Month

Eidolon, the boutique that's occupied 233 Fifth Avenue (between President and Carroll) since 1999, will be closing down this month, a sign on the shop's door notes. An increase in rent combined with decreased sales from so much competition are the main reasons for the closure, owner Amara Felice told Park Slope Stoop.

One of the first boutiques to open on an avenue that's now essentially lined with them, Eidolon specialized in handmade clothing and accessories, and was originally a co-op, owned by Felice and three other partners who all contributed merchandise. But the last remaining partner left in 2012, leaving Felice in charge.

She added that the next boutique to take over the space will still sell some of her designs, and should be opening by mid-February.