Free Slurpees At 7-Eleven Today; Three Upper West Side Locations

It’s 7/11 today, which can mean only one thing… The annual Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven.

UWS Openings & Closings: Cocina Economica, 7-Eleven, Ollie’s Noodle Shop, Big Nick’s Burger Joint

Posted last month that Cocina Economica Mexico (452 Amsterdam, between 81st & 82nd) had finally opened up in the former Recipe space (same owners — they also own neighboring Land Thai). They recently posted their menu online and DNAinfo had a brief write-up on the restaurant earlier this week, including a slew of photos.

UWS Openings: Birch Coffee, 7-Eleven, Center Bar

UPDATE 4/16/13: Looks like Birch will be opening on April 30 If you live anywhere near Columbus & 96th, you’ve probably seen the “Coming Soon” signage for Birch Coffee — it’s been been up since August. Finally got an update on this space and it looks like they’re planning to open in February.

UWS Openings & Closings: Mystery Space Adjacent To 7-Eleven, Details Designer Shoe Outlet, iCrave FroYo, Rumored Pharmacy

Previously posted in June & in September about the 7-Eleven slated for the former Gourmet Garage space at 2567 Broadway (between 96th & 97th). When Gourmet Garage closed last December, the early rumor was that the space would be subdivided into two units. It looks like that’s the case, with 7-Eleven only taking the northern [...]

UWS Openings & “Not Closings”: The Purple Fig, 7-Eleven, Variazioni

I’ve spent the past three days speculating that The Purple Fig had closed for good (here, here & here). It turned out to be as unproductive as speculation usually is… Looks like Purple Fig will indeed be reopening.

UWS Openings & Closings: 7-Eleven, The Neighborhood, Magpie

It’s been just about six months since the Gourmet Garage at 2567 Broadway (between 96th & 97th) closed. Now it looks like something less “gourmet” and more “garage” is moving into the space — 7-Eleven will be opening their third UWS location there.

Upper West Side Openings & Closings: 7-11, Shanghai Red Beauty & Spa, Roam, Gourmet Garage

Mentioned last month that a 7-11 was opening at 600 Columbus (corner of 89th). Thanks to MUW reader Kevin for sending in this shot of the new “Sevies” in all its orange, red, white, and green glory.

Upper West Side Openings & Closings: Jacob’s Pickles, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Gourmet Garage

Based on the number of people coming to MyUpperWest from keyword searches for “Jacob’s Pickles,” there’s been a ton of interest in this place (first mentioned all the way back in March when it was referred to as “Snack Bar”). It appears as though it’s now finally open.