Mandee’s to the rescue? More like turn tail and run.
The long-lived Brighton Beach Avenue location of Mandee is having a storewide sale as it gets set to close its doors for good. Its parent company, Big M, is retreating from the neighborhood following bankruptcy proceedings last year that it said were spurred on by Superstorm Sandy.
Signs at the location are calling it an end of lease sale. An employee of the store told Sheepshead Bites that the 713 Brighton Beach Avenue storefront would shutter in late October, a decision that will leave 20 to 25 people without jobs, she said. Employees have been directed to steer customers to their Sheepshead Bay location on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U.
Big M, which also owns Annie Sez, filed for bankruptcy in January 2013, saying that Superstorm Sandy forced company stores in New York and New Jersey to close and that business had not been able to recover from the impact. The company was in the midst of a turnaround and restructuring when the storm hit, according to Bloomberg News.
At the time of the filing, the New Jersey-based company operated 129 stores in eight states, including 84 Mandee locations. It was founded by brothers Leon, Max and Bernard Mandelbaum in 1948 and remains a family-owned business.
Pizzeria number four is coming to the space at 2224 Avenue U, where signs for Michael & Sophia’s Pizzeria went up recently.
The new pizzeria will replace Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe, which closed in May after four months in business. Prior to that it was South Brooklyn Pizza, which had served up pies for less than a year. Before South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months.
That would make this business number seven in five years.
We wish Michael & Sophia’s the best of luck, and truly hope they succeed in breaking what appears to be a curse on this address – at least for any eatery. We hope to let you know when they’re open.
Photo by Robert Fernandez
A new hair salon for men is slated to open at 1629 Jerome Avenue, just off of Sheepshead Bay Road.
Signs for Bosphorus Hair Salon for Men went up at the storefront over the weekend, according to our super tipster Robert Fernandez. It replaces Merin Corsetiere, the long-lived women’s apparel business that went out of business earlier this year.
For those interested in history and geography, Bosphorus is the name of the strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It forms part of the boundary that splits Europe and Asia, and it cuts through Istanbul, Turkey.
According to Greek mythology, the strait’s name means “ox passage,” in honor of nymph priestess Io, who had to cross the water to be restored to her human form after Zeus made her a cow because he wanted to get all up in that and that makes sense. She then had some of Zeus’ babies, who had some more babies, and then they had some babies and so on and so forth until one of those babies’ babies had children with great-great-whatever-granddad Zeus and Kevin Sorbo was born. He then suckled too hard on his dad’s-actual-wife-but-not-his-real-mother’s teet, causing her to jump away and fire off some boob booze into space, thereby creating the Milky Way.
Can you believe they teach this stuff in elementary school?
Anyway, hey, new hair salon!
It appears House of Jeans, an Avenue U apparel staple for more than 40 years, is getting a new name.
The business’ sign came down from the 2118 Avenue U storefront a few weeks ago, and was recently replaced by another sign that says WOODstack. The inventory appears to be much of the same: brand name sneakers, casual clothing and accessories.
It’s not entirely clear if this is new ownership or just a rebranding. Another WOODstack with the same logo exists in East Flatbush. At the very least, they’ve shared owners since September 2013, when WOODstack’s Facebook page posted an album of photos titled “All our stores,” showing both the East Flatbush WOODstack, Avenue U’s House of Jeans and 1-of-1, a similar retailer in Union, New Jersey.
It’s likely they were also under the same ownership earlier in 2013, when the storefront was renovated and modernized.
No one was available to speak with us when we stopped by, and it did not yet appear as if they were open as of today. However, it looked as if it was ready to open doors any day now.
Best of luck with the new name!
Ladies, meet lingerie. Magic Lady Lingerie.
The business is now open at 2025 Avenue U. It replaces In Style, a woman’s clothing store.
It’s not entirely a new business. Magic Lady used to be at 1820 Avenue M, but an employee told us today that they moved a few weeks ago.
Welcome to the neighborhood. We can always use more lingerie.
Well, that was fast. Less than five months after opening, Xing Hui Fashion at 1222 Avenue U is now closed.
We spotted the “For rent” signs this morning. It was only in March that we announced the business was set to open, selling jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Hopefully the location fills up faster than its previous vacancy. It sat empty for at least a year following the closure of a formal attire retailer and tailor.
Pizza by the Bay, the only kosher pizzeria near Sheepshead Bay Road, has closed for good, with equipment and furnishings up for auction today.
The business owner said that business has been slow, with not much demand for a kosher eatery in the area. Located at 1730 Jerome Avenue, Pizza by the Bay opened just a year ago, replacing Pizza Cardo. That kosher pizzeria replaced Benny’s Gourmet Pizza in 2011, which was also kosher. It appears all three struggled to find the client base in Sheepshead Bay.
News of the closing came by way of an auction announcement made earlier this week, which we were tipped off to by Robert Fernandez. The auction, which is taking place right now, will clear out everything from the shop, from the pizza ovens and refrigerators, to tables, utensils, pots and pans.
As for the owner, he said he’s excited to be moving on to new business opportunities. He was tight-lipped about his plans, but said he’ll keep us posted. We wish him the best of luck.
Update (2:13 p.m.): We just spoke to outgoing owner Edwin Grichanik, who said the businesses wasn’t struggling at all, but that he “just got a big offer I couldn’t refuse.” The business has been sold to an employee of Delmar Pizzeria further up Sheepshead Bay Road. For Grichanik, this is business as usual. “I’m a serial entrepreneur. I buy businesses, I build them up, and then I sell them for a profit.”
It’s getting hard to keep track of how many incarnations and owners the bagel place next to Sheepshead Bay train station has had over the years, but we can add one more.
Bagels R Us at 1424 Sheepshead Bay Road closed down about three weeks ago and was snatched up by new owners. A person connected to the business said it will reopen in a few days.
The location certainly has struggled since it was known as Bagel Stop & Deli, which closed in 2009 after many years of business.
Approximately a year later, it reopened under new ownership as Dish D’lish. After just a few months under that name, it rebranded as Jonathan’s Bakery, but still had the same ownership. That was part of an attempt to expand on their baked goods offerings.
That lasted about two years, when Jonathan’s owner decided to move on. It was scooped up by another buyer, who renamed it Bagels R Us in 2012.
That wasn’t the end of the ownership musical chairs. About a year went by and it was sold again in 2013. The latest owner kept the name but renovated the interior and changed up the menu. After a year, that owner has moved on, too.
That’s five owners and or rebrands in as many years. You’d think a coffee and bagel joint next to the busy Sheepshead Bay train station and abutting several bus stops would be a gold mine, no? What do you think the struggle is about?
Photo by Robert Fernandez
A new Mexican restaurant, Sante Fe Mexican Delicatessen, is now open at 1206 Avenue U.
The new eatery replaces Eddie’s Hair Salon, on the southside of the block between East 12th Street and Homecrest Avenuue.
Has anyone been there yet? Let us know how it is.
Here at Sheepshead Bites, we’re always looking for a good taco. We’ve been informed by the owner that there are no tacos. They have deli and grocery items, hot and cold sandwiches and soups and will add a salad bar.
And welcome to the neighborhood, Santa Fe!
This article was amended on July 3.
It was just last week that we reported that the Sprint store at 1743 Sheepshead Bay Road had shuttered, kicking off a flurry of construction. Well, now we see that City World Tobacco is preparing to open in its place.
Rovshan from Arbuz sent us the photo above, joking that “Smoke shops are froyo stores back a few years ago,” probably referring to our musing last year, in the wake of a spate of frozen yogurt shops opening, that frozen yogurt might be becoming the new sushi.
A few “smoke” shops have opened recently, but they all appear to be focused on “vaping” – or vaporized liquid tobacco products. It’s just a guess, but I’ve got a feeling this one’s going to be an old school smoke shop, with cigarettes and rolling tobacco, lottery tickets and gum. That’s just a guess.
Good luck, City World Tobacco.