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Bar Vespa Unveils Its Shiny Redness, Enoteca Di Leonardo Opens


How are those budding UES wine bars coming along, you ask? Well:  

1)  Last time we checked in on Bar Vepsa there wasn’t much to show — and now look at it!  It sits at 1609 2nd Ave., in all its unabated red glory.  Yes, it’s very, very red…and that’s quite a font they’ve got going on…and now I’ll always know what time it is when I’m on 2nd.  And it would appear they’re ahead of the “probably next year” opening we were told back in early August.

 2) Enoteca Di Leonardoa new wine bar on 2nd Ave., between 81st and 82nd, kept good on its promise to “open soon” when it was unveiled last Friday.  A peek inside after the jump.

UES Wine Bar Trend Continues [78thand2nd]
The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend [78thand2nd]

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What’s The Deal With: Loui Loui, Cocktail Room, Abandoned Liquor Store

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.

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Penang To Close, Maggie Moo’s Exits For Bayside


More closings in the neighborhood:

1) Penang: Malaysian spot Penang, on 2nd at 83rd, is the latest victim of a rent hike according to a sign on its front door.  The restuarant, which is about a block away from the former DT UT, which suffered the same fate last last month, is set to close Thursday

2) Maggies Moo’s:  Tipster Rob points out that ice cream spot Maggie Moo’s, on 2nd at 75th, has packed up shop. The possible Pinkberry casuality has a sign on its former spot that reads “we’ve moved to Bayside.”  No word on what might be heading in. 

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What’s The Deal With: Loui Loui, The Cocktail Room, Abandoned Liquor Store On 2nd


Here’s a round-up of recent questions from 78thand2nd readers about neighborhood happenings.  If you’re in the know, please enlighten us all in the comments section.

1) 75th and 3rd – What’s going on with the former Loui Loui restaurant space on 75th and 3rd?  Besides waging an aggressive campaign against posting bills, looks like a ‘lil construction happening. Marshall writes in “I live on 75th and 3rd and yesterday, I saw a wood facade go up around the restaurant called Loui’s, which closed a few months ago.  I heard a rumor that Citarella has purchased the space and plans to open its own restaurant there… any truth to that?” 

2) 73rd and 1st – Michael writes “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 windows have been given the once-over treatment with that “first sign of construction, don’t look in here” paper, now blocking the views inside. Is the former Cocktail Room, which closed earlier this summer, being prepped for something?

3) 78th and 2nd – 78thand2nd commenter Ace raises a question I’d love answered: “Does anyone know why the liquor store next to Bardalino has been under renovations for what seems like forever?”  The spot has been closed for at least a year and a half, with no nothing happening there at all.

A round-up of answers coming later this week!


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Timberlake Drops In On Southern Hospitality, Crew Changes Timberstoves


Pop star Justin Timberlake was seen entering Southern Hospitality (on 2nd, near 76th) this afternoon, probably dropping in to count the piles of cash the place is raking in.  While the Timbermobile — the black Escalade with the tinted windows — sat parked out front, the Southern Hos crew gave the kitchen a boost with some new stoves (pictured above). 

A few week’s back we asked when the crowd at Southern Hospitality would begin to thin out and those who responded all gave dates that have already passed.  Should Brother Jimmy’s be getting nervous?

Southern Hospitality Still Mobbed [78thand2nd]
Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality Opens…Kind Of [78thand2nd]
Justin Timberlake Sets Up Shop On The Upper East Side [78thand2nd]

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UES Wine Bar Trend Continues


Pushing the UES wine bar trend forward is Enoteca Di Leonardo, which is “coming soon” according to the sign outside of the 2nd Ave spot (between 81st and 82nd) pictured above.  The bar seems to be attached to Leonardo da Vinco Restorante, the Italian restaurant to the left, which was closed for four days but was scheduled to be back open Thursday (it wasn’t).  A peak inside reveals Leonardo’s tables stacked and overturned, things are a little chaotic.  Facelift going on?  What up? 

The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend [78thand2nd]

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Hi-Life Gets Its Roof On


The forthcoming Hi-Life Bar & Grill, which will be located at the spot formerly held by Mexican restaurant Mary Ann’s (on 2nd between 78th and 79th), is moving forward steadily and is currently getting its roof on.  The interior is still way off (slightly blurry pic after the click-through) but maybe it’ll be up and running by the end of the year?

And has the progress of Hi-Life officially ended the Mexican menu war?  I hope not. That was priceless when Mary Ann’s continued to put up specials posters — after they closed down — to offset the guerilla marketing tactics of Sante Fe, located just around the corner, which was plastering Mary Ann’s with their menus and hand written notes that said “GO TO SANTA FE.”  

But today was the first time I didn’t see Santa Fe menus taped all over Mary Ann’s/Hi-Life’s windows in months.  What gives Santa Fe?  Tossing in the towel?

Hi-Life Moves In [78thand2nd]
Mary Ann’s Sticks Specials On Window, Restaurant Still Closed [78thand2nd]
EaterWire: Hi-Life To Hit the UES & More! [Eater]
Hi-Life Bar & Grill info [Citysearch]

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