Open and Closed: Say Hello to West End, Goodbye to Café Flo


Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.

Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street]

Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that ripped through the building housing it last week. [Q Note]

Oaxaca Taqueria has closed its location in Crown Heights, but is looking for another space in the area. [Brownstoner]

Water Taxi Beach’s Long Island City branch has been shuttered to make room for a new development in Hunters Point. [Eater]

Italian restaurant Café Centosette in the East Village has closed and the space appears to be up for rent. [EV Grieve]

Go Japanese restaurant on St. Mark’s Place is no longer, and the space also appears to be on the market. [EV Grieve]

Singas Pizza in Alphabet City has closed its doors and will reopen under new management. [EV Grieve]

Cycle Café has shut down its crepe station and replaced it with a smoothie operation, generic deli sandwiches, and various Italian entrées under heat lamps. [Midtown Lunch]

Clo, the wine bar in the Time Warner Center with touch-screen menus, apparently could not compete in an iPad world. [Zagat Buzz]

The Queens Kickshaw is bringing dressed-up grilled cheese sandwiches, like Manchego, ricotta, and minted eggplant, to Astoria. [Time Out]

Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City is getting a Lower East Side outpost. Expect a home-style Mexican menu of tacos, tamales, flautas, tortas, and entrées. [Time Out]

West End is a new gastropub in Hell’s Kitchen helmed by Jim Hanley, an ex-line-cook at Jean Georges. [Time Out]

Thelewala is bringing more Indian street food to MacDougal Street, specializing in “The Famous Nizami Rolls” of Kolkata. [Grub Street]

Vie De France has arrived on the Lower East Side, with a menu of salads, sandwiches, galettes, and crepes. [Bowery Boogie]

Verde Coal Oven Pizza has opened in Bushwick near the Queens border, serving artisanal pies. It’s BYO for now. [Slice]

Café R is a new block-long deli on the fringes of Koreatown offering breakfast, coffee, pasta, Asian food, and wraps. [Midtown Lunch]

Ba’al Café and Falafel is a new pita spot in Soho. The menu includes za’atar bread, espresso biscuits, and Gimme! coffee. [Grub Street]

Greensquare Tavern, originally Greenmarket Tavern, but renamed because it infringed on the Greenmarkets’ claim to the moniker, is opening with a farm-to-table menu. [NY Times]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2011

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