Nomad Bar is on vacation until August
Coming back from a long holiday weekend is pretty hard, and so Nomad Bar has just decided not to. The Eleven Madison Park-owned cocktail bar is taking the entire month of July off to replace the air conditioning — and perhaps to gallivant out to the EMP Summer House. Staff has been reshuffled for the month to the Summer House and The Nomad restaurant. The bar will reopen on August 1.
&pizza is already on to location number two
Just a few weeks after its New York City debut in NoMad, D.C.-based pizza chain &pizza is adding a second location. The chain — known for its oblong conveyor belt-cooked pies — is headed into a 2,000-square-foot space at 740 Broadway at Astor Place that will debut this fall.
Cat cafe held up at gunpoint
Around 10 p.m. on Monday night, two men robbed cat cafe Koneko at gunpoint, an NYPD spokeswoman told DNAinfo. They stole $850 from the cafe while a 35-year-old woman was working behind the counter. There’s a clear video of the robbery in which both men are about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds.
Non-profit bakery opens FiDi storefront
Feed Your Soul Cafe has set up shop at 14 Wall Street with its charitable baked goods. Owner Mya Zoracki sells coffee and baked goods like cookies, babka, spanakopita, and more, with each sale coming with a cookie donation to The Coalition for the Homeless. The counter is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
36-year-old UWS pizzeria shutters after rent hike
Another neighborhood business has surrendered to a rent hike, though this one’s not going down without a fight. Caesar’s Palace Pizza on the Upper West Side is closing following a doubling of the rent, but owner Dimitri Vezrakis held a press conference to protest on Monday.
Sycamore Bar + Flowershop is now minus the flower shop
The Department of Health has shut down the flower shop portion of Sycamore Bar + Flowershop. The two businesses were sharing one refrigerator, and the health department told Gothamist that meant “unnecessary access to food storage and food prep by non-restaurant employees, which is against the NYC Health Code.” The DOH recommended that Sycamore get a second fridge, but for now the bar is operating as just a bar.
A few East Village shuffles
— Moving into 197 1st Avenue — former home of East 12th Osteria — is mac-and-cheese chain S’mac. Its location at 345 East 12th Street has closed for the shuffle.
— After five years at 9 Clinton Street, Prohibition Bakery has closed. Its landlord wanted a 40 percent rent hike, which the bakery could not assume.
Joey Chestnut wins hot dog contest for the 10th time
In case hot dogs are on the mind following the annual Nathan’s hot dog contest — in which competitive eater Joey Chestnut downed a whopping 72 hot dogs — here’s a proper New York dog: