Seen & Heard: Burger Village is open
BURGER VILLAGE IS OPEN
Earlier when I can sample the goods (my friends there last night gave the Bison burger a thumbs up and a guy down the street who had volunteered to take a picture of the franchise-owning family said that the best order was the Impossible burger with tater tots) but in the meantime our Burger Village franchise at 120 Church just south of Murray in the former Schnipper’s space is now open. Will have opening hours later today and will update this post.
GITANO ON GOUVERNEURS IS OPEN
They really put this together quickly! Gitano, which stood on the empty site of Trinity Church on Canal and Varick, moved to Governors and is now called Gitano Island. More news from the Governors here.
BOBBY VAN’S IN FIDI HAS CLOSED
Bobby Van’s, which had an outpost on Broad Street since 2006, closed on July 7. I thought the old fashioned steakhouse had been around much longer, but there are others in Midtown, a few of which have also closed. Crain’s has a story.
AND A REFLECTION ON BROAD STREET POST-COVID
Jon Pepper, whose office was across the street until he moved it to 3 WTC, had this idea: “These days Broad Street is largely congested with dog walkers , tourists and remote-controlled journalists in front of NYSE. Office space is rapidly shrinking. 55 Broadway transforms into an apartment building and One Wall Street opens as an apartment building. I was, until last week, at 60 Broadway, which had mostly emptied out and had a strange ghostly feel to it. My floor was about 15% occupied on average and there were very few people in the elevators. Retail inside the barricades struggled.
“The 38th floor of 3WTC is a co-working space, but I lowered my rent and got a more modern and lively environment. Vibe is decidedly more energetic and professional. I loved our location on Broad when we moved there in 2016, but Covid changed all that.I will miss my view of the Statue of Liberty, but I won’t miss the growing sense of isolation.”