Open and Closed: Say Hello to Melt Shop, Goodbye to Il Matto


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

Eccentric Italian restaurant Il Matto has shuttered just before its one-year anniversary, but the owner is holding on to the space. [Eater]

The Union Square dive bar Bar 119 has served its last. The closure was scrawled on what appears to be notebook paper. [Zagat Buzz]

Totonno’s is closing its two Manhattan locations, but the Coney Island original is not in danger. The owner cited rent increases. [Slice]

Bai Cha, the Southeast Asian takeout counter and market on Ninth Avenue, has shuttered. [Midtown Lunch]

Melt Shop is bringing the artisanal grilled cheese sandwich craze to Midtown, starting next week. [Zagat Buzz]

Love Gelato has debuted in the West Village, serving 16 flavors, including hazelnut, pistachio, and white chocolate. [Zagat Buzz]

Mia Chef Gelataria has set up shop in the space formerly occupied by Tease. Expect unorthodox flavors, like chocolate whiskey and Cap’n Crunch. [Grub Street]

Bad Horse Pizza will top pies with such unusual ingredients as jalapeño-marinated skirt steak and sautéed garlic shrimp. [Time Out]

Boerum Hill gets more local, seasonal fare with Rucola, a Northern Italian tavern from Prime Meats and Daniel alums. [Time Out]

Upright Coffee will offer Greenpoint residents espresso and press-pot coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company. [Time Out]

Albert Trummer’s long-touted Theater Bar has finally opened to the public. Expect a lot of bartending flair. [NY Times]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2011

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