Rising From the Ashes: Lovely Day and Totonno’s Could Reopen in July

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Photo: Gavin Thomas

A while back a disgruntled tipster told us that the tenants of Lovely Day’s building felt their landlord was being slow to repair damage after an October fire. We hear tenants actually brought a lawsuit against the landlord, but Lovely Day’s owner, Kazusa Jibiki, tells us that’s finally been resolved and she’s hoping that in the next days, the Department of Buildings will issue a permit giving workers access to the building (there’s currently a vacate order slapped to the door). After that, it’ll take about four weeks for them to repair water damage, which means Lovely Day won’t be open until late June at the earliest. “We’re losing so much money,” Jibiki tells us. Delivery has been suspended since the restaurant moved out of a pop-up kitchen in April, but Jibiki still has a manager and a chef on payroll. Meanwhile, we’ve noticed that Ask a Waiter alum Eve Dunlop is now behind the coffee counter at Oro. Elsewhere in fire-recovery news, Lost City hears that Coney Island’s Totonno’s is aiming for mid-July after its own brush with fire.