After months of sitting empty, its iconic neon sign gone dark, the venerable Elite Cafe is abuzz with activity, and is expected to reopen during the first week of October.
The Elite will sharpen its focus on classic New Orleans cuisine. “If I didn’t eat it growing up, it’s probably not on the menu,” says Chris Borges, a Louisiana native who is now executive chef of both the Elite and Shroeder’s in the Financial District, also owned by his company.
BEAUTY ON FILLMORE
The onrush of national and international fashion and cosmetics brands onto upper Fillmore Street continues.
• Frey, the 153-year-old bootmaker, on October 1 opened its first stand-alone store on the West Coast at 2047 Fillmore.
• Intermix, the Gap’s newest acquisition, has taken over Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece space at 2223 Fillmore.
• The street's newest beauty products shop, Space NK, is now open at 2000 Fillmore.
Coming soon: 45rpm, a Japanese clothing brand, is creating a new shop at 1905 Fillmore.
FAREWELL HEIDI SHOES;
HELLO ATELIER COLOGNE
”My lease was up and I had to decide if I wanted to dedicate more time to my business or to my family — and when I put it that way, it became a simple decision.” So Heidi Sabelhaus Myers has now consolidated her three Fillmore women’s fashion boutiques at the original Heidi Says shop at 2426 Fillmore.
The former Heidi Says Shoes at 2105 Fillmore is being transformed into a new home for Atelier Cologne, a parfumerie with boutiques in Paris, New York and Hong Kong.
MARC JACOBS CLOSES
ITS FILLMORE STORE
The stylish Marc Jacobs outpost on the corner of Fillmore and Sacramento has closed.
Only a year ago, the fashion house discontinued its lower-priced Marc by Marc Jacobs line that had held down the corner for several years. It moved its higher-end Marc Jacobs boutique on Maiden Lane, near Union Square, into the Fillmore shop.
Now both are gone. No word on a successor.
NOAH'S BAGELS CLOSES
ITS FILLMORE OUTPOST
After more than 20 years at 2213 Fillmore, Noah's Bagels has shuttered its shop on the street.
There is no shortage of bagels in the neighborhood, however, with Wise Sons' bagel factory at 1520 Fillmore going strong.
CITY PUTS YOSHI'S
UP FOR GRABS
More than a year after it went dark, Yoshi's jazz club and restaurant at 1330 Fillmore is still looking for new life.
City officials have announced they are looking for interested buyers — and for local citizens to help choose among the ideas proposed. More information and applications are here.
To stir up activity in the meantime, the city is offering to lease some of the public areas in the building to community groups. Book here.