News from an investigative stroll around the neighborhood during the holiday weekend that may impact your future dining options: The former Cafe Montmartre
at the corner of Changle and Wulumuqi Lu has been taken over by WAWY
, a hipper-than-thou coffee shop born on the edge of Fuxing Park. On the same block, but towards Anfu Lu, Swiss Butchery
has taken over a two-story space, which is good news for lazy carnivores unwilling to trek out to Hongqiao for their meat and unable to meet the minimum for free delivery. A bit farther south, the space at 202 Wukang Lu, which you may remember as the burger joint Rachel's
, was handed over last year to a friendly proprietress who has renovated and constructed and plans to re-open this month as a... burger joint. With western food. The cycle of life. No name given yet. Finally, on Changshu Lu, the space that was Piro 2
, run by Charlie, of Charlie's
, is supposedly set to become a Cantonese restaurant, also by Charlie. The plywood screening the location from view has come down but not much is happening there, making this a bit of premature 2019 gossip.