These uptown businesses have closed since the start of the pandemic


The graffiti-decorated interior of Junie Bee Nails pre-pandemic.

Seven months into the pandemic, the crisis has taken its toll on a range of beloved small businesses in Harlem and Washington Heights, forcing them to shutter.


Some have announced they've closed for good, others have disappeared with little explanation, while a few have vowed to return in new spaces.


Here, then, is a running list of restaurants, cafes, and more that have closed since March:


September


Belle Harlem

2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

The couple behind this ambitious 12-seat restaurant have made the decision to close "for the remainder of the year and focus on the future." A message on the website tells fans to "stay tuned for our next move."


Cafeine

2124 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 114th and W 115th Sts

Labor Day was the last day for this colorful coffee destination on FDB.


Sword Class NYC

1944 Madison Ave and E 125th St

"This is hard for us to say, but Sword Class NYC will not be reopening, at least not in its previous form," reads a new message on this martial arts studio's social media accounts.


August


Hop House

2224 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 120th St

This corner spot with a focus on craft brews now has a large "Space Available" sign out front.


June


Junie Bee Nails

2330 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 136th and W 137th Sts

Singer/actress Teyana Taylor's Harlem-in-the-'90s-themed nail salon announced it wouldn't be reopening in its space on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. "[T]he next time we see you.....WE’ll OWN IT!!," proclaimed a post on Instagram.


Shaktibarre

2272 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

This barre- and yoga-focused wellness studio made the difficult decision to permanently close its pink-and-white space in Harlem. Its Williamsburg studio will reopen when the owners feel it's safe to do so.


May


Olga's Pizza

3409 Broadway between W 138th and W 139th Sts

When a local fan saw that this beloved neighborhood slice shop had shuttered in May, they quickly began a GoFundMe to help it reopen. In early June the fundraising page was updated with the following news: "Given recent events the family has decided they want to step away and take the time to cherish and enjoy being with their children and grandchildren." 9/9/20: There is now a "space available" sign in the window.


RDV-Randezvous Harlem

2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 112th and W 113th Sts

This small French bistro announced it wouldn't be reopening in its current space. "It became impossible sticking to an empty restaurant and pay[ing] bills," explained owner Kfir Ben on Facebook. He hopes to open in another location "once it's all over."


April


Coogan's

4015 Broadway at W 169th St

This beloved Irish bar in Washington Heights acknowledged it was permanently closing in April. Money was definitely an issue. As the New York Times reported, "Even empty, rent-free, the place was costing more than $20,000 a month." Another factor: two of the three owners are in their early 70s.


March


Double Dutch Espresso (City College location)

1616 Amsterdam Avenue between W 139th and W 140th Sts

This hip little coffee shop opposite City College never made a big announcement it was closing, but the space is now empty. Its sister location on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Central Harlem remains open.


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