Open and Closed: Say Hello to Café de la Esquina at Wythe Diner, Goodbye to Double Crown


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

Double Crown, on the Bowery, will close its doors this month and reopen as Saxon & Parole. The adjoining gin joint, Madam Geneva, will remain intact. [Diner’s Journal]

Harry Boland’s Pub, which was shut down by the Health Department back in May, shows no signs of being resurrected. [Brooklyn Paper]

Azure, a huge deli in Midtown, closed rather suddenly over the weekend, at which time all contents were removed. [Eater]

Bar 12, in Midtown, has closed its doors and will reopen as a gastropub called Highland Park, with chef Nadia Day at the helm. [Eater]

Midtown bespoke burger joint 4Food has shuttered for a “pause to reboot.” They plan to reopen September 7. [Midtown Lunch]

Banjo Jim’s, the East Village bar and live music venue, has closed to make room for the James Daniel, an oyster and cocktail bar. [EV Grieve]

Maxwell’s, a new neighborhood restaurant in Tribeca, is named for a restaurant that occupied the space back in 1938, John Maxwell’s. [Tribeca Citizen]

The Manhattan outpost of New Jersey-based Prime & Beyond has opened in the East Village, serving USDA prime steaks. [Eater]

Draft Barn, the beer-garden chainlet, has opened its fourth location in Sheepshead Bay, with nearly 300 bottles in stock and hearty fare. [Brooklyn Paper]

The Harry’s Italian Rockefeller Center outpost is up and running, offering the same pizza menu you can get at the FiDi original. [Midtown Lunch]

Nolita favorite La Esquina has expanded with Café de la Esquina at Wythe Diner in Williamsburg. Tacos coming soon. [NY Times]

Gold Coast Delicatessen brings its overstuffed pastrami sandwiches, chopped liver, and knishes, plus eggplant parm and cheesesteaks, to Bay Ridge. [NY Times]

Crown Victoria Bar brings more craft beer to Williamsburg — 24 on tap, in fact — plus 30 whiskeys and a backyard garden growing seasonal produce for cocktails. [Time Out]

The Lower East Side gets a new café and shop. Lost Weekend will serve Blue Bottle coffee, Lucky Penny pastries, Malin + Goetz products, and Saltbox clothing.
[Time Out]