Next On First: Ear Candeling, Forbidden Rice, Polish Periodicals, and Ice Cream

Image(1)Daniel Maurer Left to right: Look beauty salon, 111 Convenience, ice cream shop, and bistro.
photo(82)Daniel Maurer 111 Convenience

That ramen bar isn’t the only newcomer on First Avenue.

The strip will soon boast a couple of new eateries, a salon, and a convenience store.

Actually, the convenience store has already opened: Zahid Mahmood, who spoke with The Local a month ago, opened 111 Convenience Store on Monday. As you can see from our photo, the narrow space that used to house Hetal 111 First has been spiffed up, but the neighborhood’s old guard can rest assured that Mr. Mahmood, a native of Pakistan, is still carrying Polish magazines and newspapers. The coolers aren’t quite full yet: the state still hasn’t given its final blessing for beer and lottery-ticket sales.

Over at 59 First Avenue, Looks, a beauty salon, will open tomorrow, offering threading and waxing from $5 (for chin-hair removal) to $40 (for a back wax). Ear candeling is $30. Bikini waxes, facials, and body massages are also on offer.

Finally, on the block between St. Marks Place and East Ninth Street, a sign indicates that in the summer, “handmade ice cream” will come to the former home of Discount Cleaners, at number 137.

And right next door, in the same building, a bistro is taking over the former home of Tara Thai. A questionnaire submitted to Community Board 3’s liquor license committee, which will consider the new restaurant’s beer-and-wine application next month, indicates that Ivrose Bamba, the owner, plans to offer Mediterranean dishes such as lamb mignon with ratatouille, and salmon carpaccio. Sides will include curry couscous and forbidden rice.