The owners of Soho Italian eatery Mezzogiorno are going to be opening an Italian restaurant uptown late this summer, in what the lone broker in the deal called “more of this uptown march of downtown restaurants,” Commercial Observer has learned.
The broker, Rafe Evans of Walker, Malloy & Company, said as of now there is no Italian restaurant north of 103rd Street on Broadway.
“They were motivated by the surprising lack of Italian restaurants on Broadway near Columbia University and the dense mix of families and students in an area with somewhat limited retail,” Mr. Evans said.
Florence-born brothers Lorenzo and Nicola Ansuini took the former Indian Café space at 2791 Broadway near 108th Street in a 15-year deal that was signed yesterday. The roughly 3,000-square-foot space is in a pre-war cooperative and includes 539 square feet in an enclosed sidewalk café.
“I think it’s going to be a nice addition to the neighborhood,” Mr. Evans said noting that the restaurant will be a mid-priced Italian eatery with a yet-undecided name.
The asking rent was $22,500 a month.