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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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