Can a building really be jinxed—cursed with bad energy or evil spirits so that any restaurant opening there will flop hard?
That seems to be the case with 206 East 63rd Street, a handsome former warehouse built in 1907.
Among them: “pretentious” Le Premier in 1977, seafood spot John Clancy’s East in the 1980s, Napa Valley Grill in the 1990s, and Peaches, the brainchild of Marla Maples and a partner.
Maples even feng-shuied the place to ward off bad vibes, but Peaches failed anyway, writes Sam Roberts in a 2006 New York Times article.
A kosher Italian dairy, kosher Japanese steakhouse, and barbecue joint all bombed in the 2000s.
The curse may finally be broken: In 2011, the building was sold to a Buddhist monk and made into a monastery, Eater reported.
Check out Eater’s fascinating map of other cursed restaurant spots.