NYC Restaurant Closures, November 2022

More than two years after the first closure of restaurants inside New York, restaurants and bars continue to struggle. At least 4,500 closed since the start of the pandemic due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of monitoring restaurant and bar closures, experts say that number is likely much higher and will take years to fully assess.

Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including the decades-old Pyramid Club in the East Village and a century-old restaurant in Astoria. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This post will be updated regularly.

November 11th

Greenwich Village: The downtown location of the popular vegan restaurant Flower came out after two years. The team announcement closing their University Place outpost in an Instagram post, saying they were “grateful to have the opportunity to focus our energies and resources at our flagship Upper West Side location.”

West Village: 232 Bleckerthe seated restaurant of the fast-casual chain Dig, announcement its closure on Instagram in early September. The restaurant closed its doors just before its three year anniversary, but it looks like the company isn’t done with the space just yet. “We’re closing doors, wallpapering windows, and reimagining space and food from top to bottom,” the post reads. “The atmosphere changes but the address remains the same.”

Long Island City: Bellwethera new American restaurant that has garnered a handful of nods from Michelin in its four-year run will not reopen, according to LIC Talk. The business is listed as “permanently closed” on Google, and a sign posted on the restaurant’s front door says the space is under new management.

Sunny side: The owners of the Brooklyn Burmese Rangoon restaurant have unplugged their take-out and delivery outlet in a ghost kitchen in Queens. Mandalay Clubwhich showcased regional Burmese dishes like chilli-infused pig’s head salad and pork shoulder curry, opened last december in a New York outpost of CloudKitchens, run by Uber founder Travis Kalanick. The restaurant closed a few weeks later, according to co-owner Daniel Bendjy, and the team is now focusing on its second Rangoon location, which opened in Chelsea this month.

November 4

Astoria: A restaurant in Queens that has been open since the 1920s closed in September following a dispute with the building’s landlord over unpaid rent, the Astoria Post reports. Mike’s dinner announced the closure in a sign posted on its front window: “End of lease. We appreciate your patronage over the years.

Astoria: Pizza Palace, a neighborhood staple that has been selling slices at the corner of Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street since 1973, has closed. In June, Patch reported that owner Joe Vitale was in talks to hand over the decades-old store to a new owner due to various “financial challenges” that plagued the business before the pandemic. The phone line has since been cut and the restaurant is marked as permanently closed on Google.

Bed-Stuy: Corner restaurant Cafe Tucum is permanently closed after being evicted over $75,000 in unpaid rent on October 17. Brownstoner reports that landlord Sid Matos Castelo-Branco had not paid his full monthly rent since signing his lease in 2019. The building’s landlord is now in possession of the space, according to the publication.

Clinton Hill: Fulton Grand, a watering hole on the corner of Fulton Street and Grand Avenue, has dried up. The 12-year-old bar of the owners of the well-worn Brooklyn Fourth Avenue Pub and Washington Commons spots closed on August 19 “due to many factors”, according to a announcement on Instagram.

East Village: One of Manhattan’s most beloved ice cream parlours, mike likes this, is in the East Village. The scoop shop announced the closure – more than one corporate restructuring – in a Instagram post this week, citing plans to open several new locations and a flagship store in the spring of 2023. current owner,” the post read.

East Village: Lower Manhattan haunt the Pyramid Club is officially done, according to Sorrow EV. The decades-old nightclub closed at the start of the pandemic, before making a brief return in the summer of 2021 and opening on weekends. On October 16, the bar announcement on Instagram that he would wrap things up with a Halloween party on October 29, wrapping up a 43-year run in the East Village.

Greenpoint: Western Wine Bara neighborhood bar in Greenpoint, ended its five-year existence on October 23. The owners of the bar have confirmed the closure at green pointers saying that the owner of the building would not renew his lease.

Greenwich Village: Village pillar Pearl oyster bar came out after 25 years, owner Rebecca Charles announcement in an Instagram post last month. The popular seafood restaurant, famous for its lobster roll, clam chowder bowls and legendary bouillabaisse, attributed the closure to the rising costs of running a business during the pandemic. “Independent restaurants, with the current momentum, are becoming a thing of the past,” Charles writes.

Upper East Side: Downtown Thai Restaurant Bangkok house closed after three years earlier this summer, according to “After careful consideration, we have unfortunately decided to close our doors,” reads a note posted on the restaurant’s front door. His last day was May 31.

Williamsburg: “Modern noodle bar” No strings attached came out after just over a year on North Fifth Street, according to a announcement on Instagram. The restaurant with Japanese, Italian and Japanese Italian dishes (think: angel hair pasta with uni) will reopen at the downtown Brooklyn food court Hana House, at 345 Adams Street and Willoughby Plaza, under the name by NSA Noodle House.

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