East Village: When the owners of the recently shuttered Panya announced they were taking over part of Around the Clock's space during the last Community Board 3 meeting, we assumed the 20 year-old diner would still continue on in the same, albeit reduced, capacity. But that may not be the case. The restaurant is closing this week—workers tell us the final night could be tonight or in a few days—and will reopen in a few months after annexing the bar area to the Panya owners.
Panya plans a bakery/restaurant/possible store, but the fate of Around the Clock is uncertain. Workers at the restaurant say the owners have a lot of plans but have yet to share them and that it probably won't open as the same cheap diner the NYU and Cooper Union kids have been keeping alive for the past two decades. Stay tuned for its debut late spring.
· First Word: Panya Space to Expand into Around the Clock [~E~]