Photo by Arthur Borko
Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant is slated to begin serving up brick oven pizza at 2224 Avenue U very soon, it seems. The dough-tossers tossed up their signage just a few days ago.
We’re wishing them the best, because it seems like the storefront may be cursed. Remember Tai Yuan? Well, then you’ve got a good memory for short-lived businesses of total insignificance. They occupied the spot for just a few weeks before shutting down in April. And before that was Tai Shan, which lived a little longer, but still didn’t amount to more than a blip on the local gastronomical scene.
Good luck, Calabrese. The area needs some brick ovens, and hopefully you’ll wrangle a name for yourself as one of the few to service the niche. Then again, we also need some Thai…
It was just two and a half weeks ago that we told you about Tai Yuan replacing Tai Shan at 2224 Avenue U. But, passing by it yesterday, it doesn’t look like business has been going so well. And someone asked last week if they had closed down. Well, could this be the shortest a restaurant has ever existed?
Maybe not. This was tacked onto the gate. If only the missing piece of the puzzle were still there to clue us in.
You may remember Tai Shan, but then again, you may not. The short-lived Thai restaurant at 2224 Avenue U (and East 23rd Street) closed several months back before most people knew it even existed.
Well, fellow Thai lovers, rejoice! Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, only way less spectacular, Tai Yuan has recently opened on the location. With a menu of both Thai and Chinese favorites, the “Aisian” restaurant is aiming for the take-out crowd. We haven’t tried it yet, but we’d love to know if their Thai cuisine is any better than their spelling.