We really enjoyed reading about the many restaurant incarnations at 206 East 63rd Street in the NY Times, because there are definitely locations that we think are cursed and pity/salute new management that tries to make a go of it. At 206 East 63rd Street, the eleventh restaurant in 30 years, Haikara Grill, a kosher AND Japanese steakhouse, has been around for a year, and the building's owner, J.Z. Morris, even reduced the restaurant's rent ($15,000) because of the tainted history. The NY Times explains what used to be there:
Le Premier was followed by a variant, Bistro Pascal; Gnolo, which was opened by a former headwaiter at Elaine's, a restaurant that Mr. Talese is more accustomed to; Moon's, which was owned by a cousin of the Times columnist William Safire; John Clancy's East (The Times wrote that the fish served there had not fared well on their uptown migration from the restaurant's progenitor in Greenwich Village); Lolabelle ("loopy service"); Napa Valley Grill; Tucci; and Peaches, which Marla Maples opened with a partner, Bobby Ochs (who, as Mr. Talese learned, is not related to the family that owns The Times but has another claim to fame: his father, a Bronx dentist, made the false teeth that Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary, was wearing when he was assassinated).
Yikes. But isn't the statistic for new restaurants succeeding very low, like 10% or something (if you know what it is, let us know!)?
A location we used to think was cursed (or a front for a mob establishment, hence a number of fires) was 222 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, where Miracle Grill seems to be doing well. Also, 247-249 West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side seems unlucky, though we think West 72nd between West End and Broadway isn't that great a strip. What are some locations where you've seen restaurants come and go.