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April 6, 2016

Bay Ridge Businesses Closing Fast 2015 – 2018

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Bay Ridge small shops have been closing along Third and Fifth Avenues and Bay Ridge residents notice!


Many of these shops  were owned by people who became part of our community and greeted us by name or remembered what we ordered last time we visited them. Some shops have been part of Bay Ridge for decades and are missed by the locals.


Sure there are many reasons for  businesses failing.  Some places don’t have enough revenue to start up, some have too many owners, some owners decide to retire, but many of the businesses on this list closed for other reasons. High rent sand  high health code fines have taken out a lot of these businesses.


In 2013, Senator Marty Golden introduced a law that gave huge tax breaks to developers in Manhattan (see here, here and here).  Why was Golden looking out for Manhattan developers when Merchants on Third and Fifth Avenues need him?


Nicole Malliotakis voted in favor of Golden’s bill in the Assembly and although she is active on social media, she remained SILENT about her vote.  Recently, Malliotakis claimed that Big Business chain stores were coming.  Malliotakis is incorrect about as  the Bensonhurst Bean reported that Bay Ridge was the neighborhood that had the Most Chain Food Places in Brooklyn.




February 2018




  • Wagging Tails Pet Store opened at 9508 – 4th Ave (from Furs and Fins). This location was a real estate office/employment office.


  • An Italian restaurant is opening at the old Polonica restaurant spot 7214 3rd Avenue.


  • Pep Coffee and Bake Shop finally opened at 9413 – 3rd Avenue (Dyker Car Service used to be there).


January 2018


  • Paws and Claws – closed 57 Bay Ridge Avenue –  this place has been a fixture in Bay Ridge for many years and it’s sad to see it closed so abruptly


  • Sallys Coffee Shop closed a long time ago. Cocoa Grinder is renovating the store and extending there. 8501 3rd Avenue


December 2017


  • Fish and Fins Pet Store 9302 – 4th Avenue. A new pet store is opening on 95th Street and 4th Avenue – across the street from St. Pat’s Church



November 2017


  • Longbow Pub 7316-3rd Avenue announced it was closing.


  • Narrows Animal Hospital closed without notice just a note on the door. If your pets records are there, you can call Animal Health Center @ 212-360-5820. They are mailing out records.


  • Beijing Brothers put up a sign at 7407 – 3rd Avenue (which was recently Samurai Steak House and before that Indian Passage)



October 2017


  • Polonica opened at  8303 – 3rd Avenue – formerly Spartan Soulvaki  (which closed in July 2017). Polonica is a well known Polish Restaurant that was on 72nd Street and 3rd Avenue for decades. It closed this July and everyone missed them.Polonica is opening



  • We noticed Marine Car Service office was closed.  (Update: Marine is now with Harbor Car Service)



Septermber 2017



  • Good Luck Convenience Store  9224 4th Avenue (next to Gustaro) closed



  • KeyFood on Bay Ridge Avenue is expanding into the next building and will sell more organic foods



August 2017


  • Panera  531 – 86th Street closed.


  • Kevin Peter Carroll, City Council candidate opened a store front at 552 86th Street (see May for the closed pic)


  • Patsy’s Pizzeria is opening at 8814 – 3rd Avenue where Trace (Mexican Restaurant) used to be. (Community 10 will decide if they get a liquor license on September 14th)



  • Fairytale Island – indoor cafe and playground for children is coming to 7110 – 3rd Avenue (formerly The Ridge or better known for being TJ Bentley’s). Soft opening October 28th.


  • Slightly outside the hood – Puritan Luncheon on Bay 8th is now called Mike’s Place (in Staten Island a lot of dinners became Mike’s Place)


July 2017


  • Expedia Travel Agency opened at 7618 – 3rd Avenue. See pictures here. A small grocery store called Armari Grocery Market was there before.


  • Lola’s Boutique is closing at the end of this week – (posted 7/24/17) – 8503 – 3rd Avenue


  • Spartan Souvaki II opened in February 2015 and is now for sale – 8303 – 3rd Avenue. Glad we still have the original Spartan restaurant as their food is fantastic 6824 – 8th Avenue and they deliver to Bay Ridge


  • Polonica Restaurant had been in business since 1991. 7214 – 3rd Avenue. The owner said he may open in another area at a later time.


  • Lily Bloom Bakery is getting ready to open in Caffe Bene’s old spot  8614 – 5th Avenue.


  • Lola’s Boutique is closing. 8503 3rd Avenue Closed


  • Dyker Car Service – I didn’t notice when they closed, but they have been closed every time I passed.


June  2017


  • Ben’s Pizza on 82nd and 83rd has been closed by the Department of Health (Open again)



  • Nothing Fits on 86th Street is closing. The manager said it is because of renovations.


  • Deliso’s Confections closed their Bay Ridge store  –  278 – 87th Street. They are still an online business.



  • Bay Ridge Public House closed (at first they said it was temporarily closed until 7/31, but they never reopened – their website and fb page are gone)


  • Nile Pharmacy opened at 6924 – 5th Avenue – Carvel Ice Cream used to be in this spot.   Nile Pharmacy info and pics


  • Raine and Riley Children’s Store is moving to 9003 3rd Ave, where Baby Mama was located.  Now 276-91st Street is empty.


  • Tacos El Nopal is opening at 8321 – 5th Avenue where Chiquitita Mexican Grill used to be.


  • Justin Brannan for NYC Council opened an office at 8115 3rd Avenue, where a store called A Gift to Remember was located years ago.


  • Khader El-Yateem for City Council opened and office at 509 85th Street, formerly Harvest Grill had formerly been. If you don’t know the place, it’s because it is a side street. Before it was Harvest Grill, it was Fattoush Juice Bar



May  2017





  • Gama Group NYC Realty office moved into 9407 – 3rd Avenue. They rent apartments in Bay Ridge. See here.   This was formerly a cell phone store called R& I Wireless.  See here


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  • I just noticed Bay Diner Cafe opened at 535 86th Street (formerly Istanbul)   718-715-2466


  • Spa at 552 86th Street had a closed sign



April 2017


  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries – 8510 5th Avenue  – many people will miss their seasoned fries. If you do, just go to Cesear’s Bay and there is another Five Guys Burgers and Fries there (adjacent to Starbucks).


  • Benevento Pizzeria 8504 – 5th Avenue – Open in 2015. I didn’t notice this store front empty until now so it could have been closed for awhile. Before it was Benevento, it was Mancini Pizza and Cousins Pizzeria. There’s another one in Brooklyn, but the owner filed for bankruptcy.


March 2017


  • Dixy Chicken opened at 7504 – 5th Avenue where Chubby Burger was


  • Mantello 9303 3rd Avenue – small shop with collectibles, art and small furniture pieces


  • Not in Bay Ridge, but well known in the area, the Vegas Dinner closed. See: here


  • Chic Boutique opened at 8122 3rd Avenue where Kasper Polish deli used to be (Kasper closed in April last year)


February 2017


  • Caffe Bene – 8614 – 5th Avenue – quietly closed. I’ve noticed the gate down for two weeks now. There is another Caffe Bene at 6307 18th Avenue.


  • Ruzana  – Shawarma sandwiches served here. Opened at 486 – 85th Street (on the side street – not on the avenue)


  • Chic Boutique of Bay Ridge opened at 8122 3rd Avenue (a mini mart was there before)



January 2017


  • Closing 1/27: Shore Road Deli 9316 3rd Avenue – Dennis & Lisa are still available for catering.  718-702-3376



  • Public House opened where Full Moon Saloon at  8309 – 5th Avenue


  • Sinbad Seafood Restaurant opened where David’s Brisket House or My Brisket House was at 7721 – 5th Avenue (Closed in the Fall. David Brisket House on Nostrand Avenue is alive and well though)


  • Le’Jemalik Salon and Boutique opened at 6915-5th Avenue – beautiful storefront. It’s a salon that caters to  Muslim women, but also all women – their updos are beautiful. They do hair, makeup and even sell gowns. Prior to being a salon, it was the Islamic Book and Tape store



December 2016


  • Beverly’s Trimming Shop closed – what a loss to Bay Ridge sewers and crafters – 7820 5th Avenue.


  • Baya Bowls  juice bar opened on 94th Street and 3rd Avenue


  • Little Cesear’s Pizza  8622 – 4th Avenue closed because a contractor tapped into another tenant’s gas line (see story). It was suppose to be temporarily closed, but the place never opened again.


  • New 10 Minus Ice Cream opened at 7309 3rd Ave – They may have opened last month, but I just heard of them now. This shop is next to Vessuvio’s.



  • Chubby Burger  7504 – 5th Avenue was closed – health notice on the door.




  • Subway – 7504 3rd Avenue closed.


  • K&S Nails  5th Avenue between 74th Street & Bay Ridge Pkwy.  (Coco Nails opening in the same spot)


November 2016






  • Full Moon Saloon 8309 – 5th Avenue Closed. It’s being renovated to be another bar/restaurant
  • The Brooklyn Firefly opened where Yellow Hook Grille was on the corner of 70th Street and 3rd Avenue


October 2016


  • 91 Fried Ice Yogurt Closed (a similar type place opened on 3rd and 73rd if you miss this place)





  • Blue Door Souvlakia Greek Restaurant is opening in the Pig Guys old spot (they were cooking outside  at the Third Avenue Festival – see pics)


  • Towne Boutique opened at 8319 – 3rd Avenue  where Beauty City Hair Salon/Attraction Beauty Salon and Impulse Salon were all located. The location just wasn’t right for a hair salon – let’s hope this cute boutique does well here.


  • David’s Brisket House or My Brisket House closed (David’s Brisket House on Nostrand Avenue is alive and well)


  • NY Koshary  Mediterranean Restaurant opened where Your Baker used to be at 518 86th Street


September 2016




  • Darn Donuts closed and re-opened at their shop on 4th Avenue and 87th Street. They also have a new little shop opening on the side street –  92nd Street between 4th and 5th Avenue.



  • A bank (no sign yet)  is opening on the corner of 92nd Street (9202 -4th Avenue). New Victory Pharmacy moved down to a smaller shop at 9216 in May.


August 2016





  • Zekes Closed

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July 2016


  • Bath and Body Works opened where Pretty Girl Clothing Store was on 86th Street



June 2016


  • Artisan Food Valley Deli on 3rd Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd Streets) closed.



May 2016


  • Trace Mexican Restaurant closed


  • CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice opened where Planet Wings was at 8612 — 5th Avenue


  • BurgerFi opened at 719 – 86th Street where Bella Luna used to be located.


  • New Victory Pharmacy on the corner of 92nd and 4th moves to a smaller shop on the same block at 9216 – 4th Avenue



  • Samia’s Restaurant 7809 – 3rd Avenue opened near their store 7922 – 3rd Avenue (was formerly George and Sally’s Restaurant that closed last Spring). Samia wanted to be able to give jobs to women.

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April 2016 





March 2016



  • I noticed Gothic Furniture was gone from 6929 – 5th Avenue.  I’m not sure how long they have been closed.



February 2016


  • PigGuy closed 8413 – 3rd Avenue (September 2006 – Blue Door Greek Restaurant is coming soon)


December 2015



November 2015 

  • Your Baker Bakery – story  518 – 86th Street This bakery was fantastic and was open for 40 years.
  • Pashazade Restaurant (on the corner of 70th and 3rd Avenue) is closed
  • Darn Donuts opened at 8723-4th Avenue where Eship (passport and shipping store was)
  • Fontana Sushi 9603 – 3rd Avenue closed. It was opened for 20 years.
  • Pashazade Turkish Restaurant closed 7026 – 3rd Avenue. (Had a Marshall’s notice around Christmas) The store remains empty in April 2016.


October 2015


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May 2015 

  • Lotus Hookah Lounge opened at 7921 – 5th Avenue (was Aroma Day Spa since June 2013 – Aroma Day Spa was formerly  where Las Margaritas Restaurant is at 72016 – 3rd Avenue)



  • Lu Bella Boutique opened at 8807 3rd Avenue (formerly Victory Car Service’s location)


  • Gourmet Fit opened at 6819 – 3rd Avenue where Pudgies/Nathan’s fast food place was before





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March 2015



February 2015


  • Blue Zoo Lounge closes  8402 – 3rd Avenue – January 2016 – Baia Bar opens 
  • What a Taco closed 8612 – 4th Avenue. Hey Ridge mentioned they were having a hard time, but a lot of people liked this place for a quick bite.



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The Mom and Pop stores in Bay Ridge give the neighborhood it’s flavor. Even the local vape shops and many hookah bars keep Bay Ridge vibrant. You may not like Hookah, but if you live in Bay Ridge you know that these people invested a lot to be in this community. I love their vibrant awnings that I imagine took hours to choose – to me, it’s all a sign of the American Dream~







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