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Bombay Talkie, Leske's Bakery and More Shutter

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1) Chelsea: Bollywood-themed Indian street food restaurant, Bombay Talkie, has shuttered. The 189 Ninth Avenue location is done for good, but a note on the restaurant's Facebook page says to "look for us in Chelsea neighborhood in late January."

2) Upper West Side: Popover Cafe, the 32 year-old Upper West Side institution closed for good on Sunday. Owner Carol Baer is retiring, and lost the lease after being unable to find a buyer for the restaurant. She tells Gothamist that the new tenant will be a "24-hour bistro and bakery." [Gothamist]

3) LIC: Brookyn Cupcake, the Williamsburg-based mini chain has shuttered its Long Island City location. Owner Carmen Rodriguez tells the LIC Post that the shop, which shared a space with an Uncle Louie G's outpost, just wasn't attracting customers. The Dumbo location of Brooklyn Cupcake also shuttered recently, but there are still locations in Williamsburg and the Barclay's Center, and Rodriguez plans to open a pop-up in Bay Ridge. [LIC Post]

4) Ozone Park: After almost 30 years in business, classic Italian catering hall and restaurant La Bella Vita has closed abruptly. Besides being a community standby, the restaurant's claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of the "Pizza Dance." [Brownstoner Queens]

5) Tribeca: According to a note in the window, Churrascaria Tribeca "served its last meal on December 29th." As reported earlier, it will be replaced by a Mexican seafood restaurant, tentatively called Pescado, from longtime Lure Fishbar GM Robert Collins. Churrascaria Plataforma, the Midtown sister restaurant, is still open and offering a 15 percent discount to customers of the Tribeca outpost through March 31. [TC]

6) Carroll Gardens: Casa Rosa, an old school Italian restaurant on Court Street, has closed after 34 years in business. Louis Catuogno, who had owned the restaurant since the late 90s, passed away a few months ago, which may have something to do with the shuttering. [PMFA]

7) East Village: Viva Herbal Pizzeria, a vegan, gluten-free pizza spot on Second Avenue has shuttered. According EV Grieve, the space had been on the market since last August. [EVG]

8) Astoria: The Astoria outpost of 5 Napkin Burger has shuttered. An email farewell from the company notes that it is "eager now to focus on other growth opportunities for 5 Napkin Burger in New York City and beyond," and that many of the location's employees will be relocated to the company's Manhattan outposts. [We Love Astoria]

9) Park Slope: The 5th Avenue outpost of Leske's Bakery closed just after Christmas. The original location of the Scandanavian bakery is still open in Bay Ridge after over 50 years in business, despite a year-long closure back in 2011. Here's Park Slope notes that the Park Slope space has been home to a bakery for over 100 years. [Here's Park Slope]

10) Tribeca: Portobello's Pizzeria , a slice joint and "Sicilian restaurant", is now closed. Tribeca Citizen reports that there was an auction sign in the window over the weekend. [TC]

11) Tribeca: Blueberry Fusion Cafe, a takeout lunch spot and juice/smoothie bar has closed. According to a sign in the window, it plans to reopen in the "Downtown Brooklyn Region in the near future." [TC]

12) Midtown: The football-centric sports bar Smithfield closed after New Year's Eve. A note on the bar's Facebook page says that the closure is "due to the redevelopment of the site." It also hints that "We'll be back."

Bombay Talkie

189 9th Ave., New York, NY

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