Former Loui Loui restaurant, next to Citarella
Below, a round-up of some recent ‘what’s the deal with’ questions from 78thand2nd readers from last week, followed by the latest updates. If you have an additional piece to the puzzle – enlighten us all in the comments section.
1) 75th and 3rd – Marshall wrote in last week asking what was going on with the former Loui Loui restaurant space on 75th and 3rd: “I heard a rumor that Citarella has purchased the space and plans to open its own restaurant there… any truth to that?” That’s exactly what’s going on. An inside source says Citarella bought the entire building and plans to open a restaurant in the space formerly held by Loui Loui.
2) 73rd and 1st – Michael wrotes “I noticed what might be movement/preparation for something in the space the formerly occupied by the Cocktail Room (on 73rd between 1st and 2nd).” The former Cocktail Room, which closed earlier this summer, is indeed getting an overhaul with some interior construction, no new tenants for the bar have been revealed yet.
3) 78th and 2nd – 78thand2nd commenter Ace raised a question “Does anyone know why the liquor store next to Bardalino has been under renovations for what seems like forever?” There’s still no hint to what’s going on — the area businesses have no clue, area residents have no clue, there’s no indication or hint posted in the windows — what the hell is going on with this space?