Wednesday, June 11, 2014
EAT: AN ABRUBT FINISH AT MOUNTAIN BIRD
Business has been good since all of the important food critics have given the thumbs up to the tiny spot on a shabby strip of Central Harlem so we assumed this has to be related to the lease of the storefront. The husband and wife team ran a catering service out of this location for several years before renovating the space for a more formal restaurant in 2013 so the lease was already quite old by the time they opened. Apparently the landlord wanted to increase the rent beyond a point were they could sustain the quality and reasonable prices of the establishment. Putting things into perspective, this was probably a much needed push since the business was booming and Mountain Bird ideally needs a bigger location that could hold more seats and a bar for those who want a quick drink or the occasional non-reservation meal.
With all that said, can anyone recommend a corner of Harlem above 135th that the eatery should move to? Mountain Bird wants to stay close to Sugar Hill and probably would not look too far south because of prohibitive commercial rents. This little eatery is one of Harlem's top dining destinations and would definitely be a great local anchor to any residential location.