And in the running list of restaurants that are closing, Lindy's second location at University and Menaul, which opened a mere seven months ago, closed in November. Owner Steve Vatoseow the restaurant closed due to conflicts among the owner/partners not because business had been bad. He hopes to reopen another Lindy's in the future. Meanwhile, the original diner at Fifth and Central remains open and unusually busy for the holiday season.
Sources also report that Purple Afternoon Café closed up shop. They were the ones who got us all excited about bubble tea, too. Oh well, you can always check out Café O (Montgomery and Wyoming, 858-0301) where they serve a huge variety of bubble teas and snacks, including delicious Vietnamese rice-paper rolls.
Meanwhile, the cold weather has hurt business at Sauce (Fourth and Central) enough that they chose to close for lunch until spring when they expect to reopen both patios (including the Raw patio).
On a lighter note, I know a couple whose generally very well-behaved dog very nearly ruined their holiday dinner. It seems that while my friend was in the shower and her husband was otherwise occupied, their dog jumped up on the counter and dragged away the ham she had spent hours basting with Coke (yes, it's true and it's good). Any question of whether the ham was salvageable disappeared when the glass platter it was resting on shattered all over the kitchen floor and the meat. Luckily the dog didn't fatally ingest any glass shards and luckily the very kind folks at Honeybaked Hams agreed to stay open a few minutes late so that the man of the house could race up there for a spiral cut ham. Hooray Honeybaked Hams! Baaaaad dog!
Keep those tips coming! Winter is an awfully slow time for the food biz and now more than ever I could use your help as extra eyes, ears and tummies. So if you have information on new restaurants, new menus, new chefs or anything else food-related, e-mail email@example.com, call 346-0660 ext. 245 or fax 256-9651. The best tips will be rewarded with gift certificates to NYPD or the Café and Wine Bar at Page One. Drop me a line if you are a restaurant owner and you want to give certificates away to Dish informers.