The EMP bike rooms will be re-painted and renovated. It’s definitely overdue. The increase from $25 to $60/year is a bit steep. Encouraging use of bikes and green transportation should be encouraged! Although, we suppose the increase will encourage people to get rid of their old broken-down bikes that haven’t been used in 10 years!
Per a Memo from the Board today, EMP’s mortgages and Amalgamated loans have been re-financed at a lower rate which will save EMP a great deal of money and provided $15 Million to be used for capital projects and push back the day assessments are required if we do not go private. Congrats to the Board. May 21 Refinance Memo
Kipsey’s Restaurant at 25th Street and 2nd Avenue is now open for Lunch and Dinner. Delivery will be starting soon. We like the fried chicken and smoked brisket so far.
A cute new Wine Bar has opened in the old pizza place on 2nd Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets. It is a project of one of the owners of Bar Carrera in Greenwich Village and Custom American Wine Bar in Williamsburg. The wine bar will serve a variety of old and new French and American wines. The menu, created by Soa Davies (formerly of Le Bernardin), features a variety of small-plates, highlighting cuisine from the two countries and meant to complement the wines. Looks like a great place for post-Fairway shopping or before a movie.
Update 1/31/2013: Kipsey’s has opened this week. It will be about 2 weeks until they start delivery. The comfort food menu look’s great and they are getting good reviews.
Kipsey’s Kitchen & Bar will be opening in the space next to the old and long-empty Ole Restaurant at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 25th Street. Per the owners; “Kipsey’s aim is to be a neighborhood eatery. Our concept is market driven American comfort and we make everything from scratch. All of our baked goods are baked on premises every day. We grind our own meat from prime cuts. Our sausages are made and linked fresh daily. We do not use chemicals. Our chicken is all natural and free of hormone and antibiotics. We strive to source local ingredients whenever it is available for us. Come on home to Kipsey’s, you’ll be glad you did! Kipsey’s is collaboration of partners who are simply passionate about food and hospitality.”
This space has been many restaurants most recently an Argentinian and in the past Christine’s Polish and a pasta place. We wish the new venture great success.