With all the lockdowns and businesses closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s extremely heart-warming to hear of companies that are trying to start offering services to the public. Here we take a brief glance at what has been happening recently.
First, a couple of weeks ago, Locanda Verde opened. Chef Andrew Carmellini opened up this Italian restaurant in the heart of TriBeca offering New Yorkers a real taste of rustic, simple, Italian fare with homegrown US produce. Featuring Deborah Racicot as the pastry chef, the menu is small but classic and satisfying.
Then there is the opening of the Shibui Spa, located at the brand new Greenwich Hotel. The general manager pointed out that it was on the understanding that it will start slow due to the pandemic but that they are still happy to be re-opening.
While this is not new, the Tribeca Grill should also be included in our optimistic heart-warming local business stories. They are marking 30 years since they first opened in 1990. Way back then it was an abandoned coffee factory that Robert De Niro, Drew Nieporent and Marty Shapiro had the foresight to re-purpose as a restaurant and film center.
These are tough times without a doubt. But somehow, someway, New Yorkers are rising to the challenge. We wish – everyone – the very best of success!