The doors on O”Zen (as of August 8, 2012) continue to be closed with covered windows signifying ongoing renovations. A note on the door indicates that the Richmond at Central eatery will be closed from “Saturday to Sunday, July 28 – August 5″. No details on their website and now wholly out-of-date, the situation leaves customers wondering what they should expect once or if it reopens.
The often unlucky location at Richmond and Hyman (where the now-defunct Waffle Weiney and ill-fated Forat’s Chocolates stood) is being renovated, witnessed by trademark butcher paper in the windows. The spot seems like a winner with its immense walk-by and car traffic, but so far, businesses have struggled there. No word on what is intended for the new enterprise, but we wish them the best as history is not with them.
A personal note. It is interesting how certain locations within the city (think 99 King Street) have a history of quick turnover and poor luck for restaurants. Perhaps we need to add Richmond at the railway tracks to that ominous list. Since the store-front Sammy’s and Cafe Demeter businesses closed, that particular side of the street has become one of the most depressing areas of Richmond Row — something that will no doubt deter future start-ups.