Greenwich Village Restaurant Apocalypse, Summer 2012


Flatiron-shaped 10 Downing is down for the count . . .

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The summer months in general, and August in particular, must be the most successful period for restaurants in certain parts the city. In Greenwich Village, the streets are thronged with free-spending tourists, and nearly every café can commandeer extra sidewalk tables that draw customers who don’t care how hot it is or even what they’re eating. But, ironically, there seem to be far more empty restaurant storefronts than usual in this historic part of the city, just when the highest volume of tourists is arriving. (Remember that in many European countries, employees still get the entire month of August off.)

Here are shuttered spaces in the Village. Want to start a restaurant?

. . . and, just down the street from 10 Downing, this ambitious failed establishment at 267 Sixth Avenue.

Currywurst Bros., a German sausage chain at 182 Bleecker Street, found the customers running in the opposite direction. You won’t be surprised when you see why.

The former KFC-Taco Bell at 331 Sixth Avenue has never recovered from the rat infestation . . .

. . . and neither has the storefront directly to the north, at 333 Sixth Avenue.

The temporary signage is a tip-off that this coffee shop — a refugee from Waverly Place — might be just squatting. The previous tenant was a failed coffee shop.

Even Pinkberry couldn’t make it at 177 Bleecker Street.

At least 193 Bleecker Street has found a new tenant — with the rather alarming slogan: “It’s not yogurt, it’s Yogorino!”

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Greek stalwart Gus’ Place, once located near the corner of Waverly just west of Sixth Avenue, was forced to move to 192 Bleecker Street by real estate pressures five years ago, and now the new incarnation has gone belly-up.

Meanwhile, carts are multipying, charging the same prices as brick-and-mortar locations, but offering none of the creature comforts.

Many months ago, the Grey Dog was driven out of its flagship location at 33 Carmine Street by rent increases, now it’s finally being replaced — by an establishment with more sketchy temporary signage.

Pink Teacup was the last hapless tenant at 88 Seventh Avenue South and before it, a string of failed restaurants. Looks like another is about to occupy it.

This mini-outdoor seating area on Seventh Avenue South has a second entrance at 163 West 10th, which used to be occupied by the popular and long-running Italian café Tanti Baci.

Plucky local gelateria Love managed to make it through the last winter season at the corner of Perry and Seventh Avenue South, plugging its pastries and coffee, but ironically closed just as the gelato and tourist seasons were getting into full swing.

Located at 183 West 10th, I Tre Merli was the wine bar branch of a Soho Italian restaurant and distinguished itself by decent wine prices and above-average snacks, but to no avail.

The space that once housed the city’s only tiramisu parlor at 131 Christopher Street is once again vacant.

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