Back in July, we reported the arrival of an NYC-based natural history shop in Hoboken called The Evolution Store. The 4th Street outpost (the shop’s second location) sold eccentric collector’s items like exotic animal teeth, taxidermies, and other artifacts — but apparently, the Mile Square wasn’t a fit home for these antique oddities. Three months after opening, The Evolution Store permanently closed its 106 4th Street storefront, following what feels like a trend of business closures in Hoboken this summer. Read on for everything we know about The Evolution Store’s closure, and an update on other Hoboken + Jersey City businesses to recently shut their doors for good.
The Evolution Store | 106 4th Street, Hoboken
On August 20th, The Evolution Store shared on Instagram that its Hoboken hours would be by appointment only. It’s unclear when exactly The Evolution Store closed permanently after that time, as the shop made no announcement on its social channels, but its site confirmed that the 106 4th Street shop is no longer operating. Guests on the hunt for rare historical artifacts can visit The Evolution Store at 687 Broadway in NYC.
Curry Up Now | 91 Washington Street, Hoboken
The fast-casual Indian eatery that took the world by storm in 2021 has left the Mile Square. Curry Up Now closed earlier this summer, and is welcoming a new build-your-own doughnut shop, Dipped N’ Smashed, in its place. Dipped N’ Smashed is also serving up smash burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes. You can read all about the new spot here.
Zero Otto Uno | 502 Washington Street, Hoboken
A sad piece of news for many Hoboken locals, this BYOB Italian cafe said goodbye to the Mile Square and relocated its Neapolitan pizza offerings to Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ under the new name ‘081 Cafe.’ Zero Otto Uno didn’t give a reason for closure, and as of now, it’s unconfirmed what will take over the 502 Washington Street location. We covered the full story here.
Monteleone’s Bakery | 741 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
For over 70 years, Monteleone’s Bakery was a Newark Avenue staple for satisfying a sweet tooth. In August, the family-owned Jersey City fixture announced its closure, citing “challenges on small businesses.” A family member thanked local residents + loyal customers for their support over the years. Learn more here.
Charrito’s | 518 Washington Street, Hoboken
At one point in time, Hoboken was home to three Charrito’s — now, to the dismay of many local residents, it’s home to none. The last remaining Hoboken Charrito’s closed for good in August, and although the team didn’t disclose the reasons for Charrito’s closure, they did promise locals: “Our name and legacy continues through you, some expansion plans we have for the future, and our Charritos Weehawken location.” Charrito’s Weehawken — which remains open and operating — is located at 974 JFK Boulevard E East.
Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ | 618 Washington Street
After temporarily closing in March of this year, the celebrity chef-owned barbecue chain closed for good this August. Signage for a new hibachi spot quickly went up at the former Myron Mixon’s outpost — and as of September, Saka Sushi + Hibachi + Mocktail is open for business at 618 Washington Street. Find more details here.
Pastrami House | 832 Washington Street
The only Jewish deli in Hoboken, Pastrami House first started showing signs of closure in July: the website abruptly stopped working, Seamless and GrubHub orders were inactive, and virtually no one was inside the building, despite Google reporting it open. It was later confirmed that the eatery had closed, and already-established Hoboken business owners had taken over the building. 832 Washington Street is now home to Purple Rice, the grab-and-go sister restaurant to popular Hoboken spot Keming. Purple Rice is soft-open now, and you can get the details here.
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Madison Pizza Lab | 152 Newark Avenue
With good news comes bad news. Madison Pizza Lab opened last September from the same owner as The Madison Bar + Grill and confirmed to The Hoboken Girl last month that the pizzeria officially closed as of Friday, August 4th. Another popular local business, Boomerang Bites, is opening its first solo storefront at the Newark Avenue location and is looking to welcome guests later this month. This venture means another closure — namely, the Jersey City location that Boomerang Bites shared with Babka Bailout.