Yesterday I spoke to the owner of the French restaurant replacing Mike & Tony's. He said they are opening sometime in September. I begged him to tell me they are keeping the bar intact, but alas, they are pitching it. "It is very beautiful," he said, "but not good for me." I fear that means he needs to replace it with something much smaller to accommodate more table space, which if true would be more than understandable from a business perspective. Such a shame, though. That bar was by far the best place in the Slope for a martini.
In other 5th Avenue restaurant news, there is a huge space on the east side of 5th between Garfield and First (I think, or within a block of there) that I heard is going to be an Italian restaurant. Really? You'd think that between Cucina, Al Di La, and Aunt Suzie's people would think twice about opening and Italian place there. But if the food is good it'll do well, I suppose.