I will be really sad if the Rice to Riches store doesn't open up again. Not only because I think their obscenely rich rice puddings were delicious. But I had such joy in taking out-of-towners there and pointing out to them how only in New York City would there be a store devoted totally to rice pudding variations.
The anomaly of it reminded me of the Scotch-Tape store skit from the early days of Saturday Night Live.
The puddings were expensive but the whole Meet the Jetsons design and decor of the store were over the top in concept and execution. Could you think of anything more unlikely than a rice-pudding store being used to launder dirty money derived from gambling?!!! I am expecting to see this used during the next season on a "Law and Order" plot.
In the meantime, I will miss and personally mourn the demise of the vanilla-mascarpone rice pudding with dried cherries dubbed "Manmade Mascarpone" and the chocolate nut wonderment of riches called "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll." It was really a fun place while it lasted.