Upper West Side Openings & Closings: Dean’s, Arte Cafe, Mexican Festival, Yogurtland

This one bums me out a bit, as I was a fan… Italian restaurant and pizzeria Dean’s (215 W. 85th, between Broadway & Amsterdam) has shuttered.

Upper West Side Openings & Closings: Aldo, Juice Generation, Maria Bonita, Metro Bicycle

Wrote back in February about plans for the Aldo shoe store at 2345 Broadway (at 86th) to relocate two blocks south to the former Coach store space at 2321 Broadway (at 84th). They’re finally getting close to opening.

Upper West Side Openings & Closings: Birch Coffee, Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Steakhouse

It took a little while longer than expected, but the long awaited Upper West Side outpost of Birch Coffee finally opened this past week at 750 Columbus (at 96th). The store opened with a soft launch on Tuesday, featuring a full coffee and pastry menu. I believe beer offerings went live today (six taps, two [...]

UWS Rumors & Openings: Maria Bonita, Friedman & Bloomfield Wine Bar Project

You probably don’t know their faces, and you might not know their names, but those are restaurateurs Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield pictured above. They’re behind popular and well-known places like The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar. Rumor has it they might be looking for space on the UWS for [...]

Upper West Side Openings: Fratelli la Bufala, Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Steak House

If you live anywhere even remotely near Broadway & West 76th you’ve likely walked past this plywood signage on the corner. The space has been vacant since Niko’s closed in February of last year, and its replacement, Fratelli la Bufala has been slated to take over the prime corner spot since last June. Nine months [...]

Upper West Side Openings & Closings: Mama Mexico, Maria Bonita, Joanne, Payless Shoes

UPDATE 3/14: Looks like the full name is Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Steakhouse UPDATE 4/4: Maria Bonita getting closer to opening UPDATE 4/17: Maria Bonita is open UPDATE 5/5/13: Looks like Maria Bonita has shuttered Catching up on some opening/closing news that’s been building up during my brief hiatus… Mentioned a few weeks ago [...]

UWS Mama Mexico Update #2: Rumored Buyout With Reopening Under New Management

UPDATE 2/1: Mama Mexico space slated to become Maria Bonita Well that didn’t take long. Posted a follow-up this morning on the sudden closing of Mama Mexico (2672 Broadway, btw. 101/102) and the rumors about its future are already flowing in. MUW reader Marc sent in this tip, which seems plausible:

UWS Mama Mexico Update: Restaurant Has Sordid Past Of Tax Evasion & Alleged Labor Law Violations

UPDATE: Rumored Mama Mexico Buyout With Reopening Under New Management UPDATE 2/1: Mama Mexico space slated to become Maria Bonita Posted yesterday that UWS restaurant Mama Mexico (2672 Broadway) was mysteriously shuttered over the weekend. Apparently this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

UWS Mama Mexico Mysteriously Shutters — Midtown Location’s Phone Is Disconnected

UPDATE 1/11: UWS Mama Mexico Had Sordid Past Of Tax Evasion & Alleged Labor Law Violations UPDATE 1/11: Update #2: Rumored Mama Mexico Buyout With Reopening Under New Management UPDATE 2/1: Mama Mexico space slated to become Maria Bonita Bad news if you’re a fan of Mama Mexico (2672 Broadway, between 101st & 102nd) — they’ve [...]

Mama Mexico Files For Bankruptcy

Crain’s reports that Mama Mexico, the popular Mexican restaurant with a location on Broadway and 102nd, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Upper West Side restaurant recently received press when it was shuttered around December 17th for non-payment of taxes.  While the restaurant opened one week later, its struggles seem to continue with the [...]