Has Tempo Presto on 7th Ave in PS closed?
Its demise is mentioned in a couple of food blogs. The word is that there is a For Rent sign in the window. I guess it isn't much of a surprise, given that it always seemed empty.
I wonder what's next for that poor, ill-fated corner...
It seems to be closed now. I am pretty bummed out about that, they have been our destination for a fast lunch salad or sandwich.
There is no other place on 7th Avenue where you can get a good and very reasonably priced lunch salad - and get it fast. (usually it was ready in its container).
We knew Tempo Presto was about to close, but decided to walk over anyway last week, to see if it was still open. Nope. So we weighed the remaining, bleek options (not feeling like walking back and buying groceries) (and Elementi is closed for lunch on Monday) so we had lunch at Sotto Voce.
That was the most torturously slow lunch either of us have experienced ... ever. It took forever to get our food. We were both going out of our minds!
So that really made us miss Tempo Presto even more.
Yes, the kids working there were not poster boys for friendly service, but I really could not care less: just give me my salad -fast- that is all I need.
As for the corner... and 7th Avenue... The future looks really bleak. It seems that soon the only businesses that can afford the outrageous rents by these greedy landlords, are banks (PLEASE, NOT ANOTHER ugly BANK!) or boring chain retailers.
This is one reason I am rooting for Elementi. I just do not want to see that space be taken over by a bank, a mortgage broker, a real estate firm (grrr!) or some other boring business. 7th Avenue needs nice restaurants and cafe's and we, who live in the area, should try to support the existing ones that at least dare TRY to open on 7th Avenue.
By the way, when we had lunch at Elementi (two times) we were seated, presented with menus, had certain menu items explained to us, ordered our food, were served our food, ate our food, requested the check, had the check presented, the credit card processed, and were out the door -all in considerably less time than it took the food to arrive at our table at Sotto Voce.