These small uptown businesses have permanently closed since the start of the pandemic

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

As the city enters Phase 3 of the reopening, it's becoming clearer that not all small businesses in Harlem and Washington Heights will have survived the lockdown that began in March.

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

Here, then, is a running list of restaurants, cafes and other small businesses that have closed since the start of the pandemic:


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.

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.

Junie Bee Nails

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

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

Olga's Pizza

3409 Broadway between W 138th and W 139th Sts

When a local fan saw that this beloved neighborhood slice shop had closed 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."

RDV-Randezvous Harlem

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

In May this small French bistro announced it wouldn't be reopening. "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."


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

A few weeks ago this barre- and yoga-focused wellness studio made the difficult decision to permanently close its pink-and-white storefront in Harlem. Its Williamsburg space will reopen when it is deemed safe to do so.

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