Thursday, January 14, 2016
REVIVE: SHOPS SHUTTER ON UPPER LENOX
First a specialty olive oil shop opened last January that had many types of flavored oils which seemed like a solid concept for a block that has pricey condos on both sides of the street. In our opinion this type of storefront usually looks better in a smaller, older building to give a sense of craftsmanship and history. With that said, the more clinical look of the retail space did nothing for curb appeal here which might have been part of the problem.
Next to close was a shop specializing in sliders which would make sense since fast foods is pretty popular uptown and there is a lot of foot traffic on Lenox. This miniature food trend seems like something that was new about 8 years ago and to do anything that will take off will require a really excellent product. A mini donut shop shuttered rather quickly the previous year within the same complex so maybe this idea is pretty passé at this point in time.
The one success story is Inoue Sushi which would go against the odds since an average omakase course runs around $120 which is not unheard of downtown for this quality of Japanese food but quite prohibitive for eateries uptown. Plus the specialty is an edomae style menu which does not focus on a wide selection of crazy rolls but features mostly the purest raw fish flown in from various regions of Japan. Sushi enthusiasts in the city will pay top dollar for a great spot and recent write-ups have created a buzz that has now packed Inoue on an average night. Quality over quantity? Sometimes this actually works. More on Inoue can be found in our past post: LINK