Good morning and welcome to a crisp and clear Friday.

Yesterday afternoon, we took a step back in time to Hell’s Kitchen 1979-style courtesy of the Fable family at Poseidon Bakery. One of the youngest members of the 5th generation bakers rediscovered a TV show about 14-year-old Tony Fable introducing a country kid from New Jersey to the city. Enjoy…

Back to 2021 — and we’re sad to report that some of the neighborhood’s largest restaurants are closing. Dave Pasternack told us yesterday that he and Vic Rallo have decided to close Esca after 21 years.

Also one of New York’s foremost Korean Restaurants, Bann, at Worldwide Plaza has closed. They said: “Thank you Hell’s Kitchen for 15 memorable years! Bann has closed March 1, 2021. Thanks to all our customers who have dined with us over the years.”

In better news, over in Times Square, Cafe Un Deux Trois opened its doors again at 8am this morning.

“My dad has owned Cafe Un Deux Trois in Times Square since 1976. It has survived the many ups and downs of New York City. When the pandemic hit we had to close and remained closed for almost a year,” said Leila Colbert. “Today, thanks to our loyal staff and a PPP loan, we will reopen. As you know midtown isn’t booming so we are trying to get the news out there that we are open again and hoping people will make us a destination. The restaurant is a Times Square icon.”

The cafe will be open until 10pm every day. Welcome back…

What we’ve been reading

NYPD has plans to clean up graffiti. (New York Post)

To balcony, or not to balcony… that is the question! (Brick Underground)

Hold the popcorn. Here’s a list of movies delayed by the pandemic. (Vulture)

Democratic Clubs zoom into the NYC Mayor selections process. (Gothamist)

We all need an Executive Pen Transporter in our lives… (We Rate Dogs)

Freeze Frame

We always love LuLu LoLo’s views from the 28th Floor on her Hell’s Kitchen Instagram account. Last night’s photo of the sunset and a tug boat was spectacular.