"We're still open!!! ... But we're technically closed."
1) Odds are that the renovations that have forced Caffe Kuleto's to close won't be of the, ahem, "Kuleto proportions" we've grown to know and love, but according to sources at the Union Square eatery, the cafe adjacent to the main restaurant (which is still open) will be closed for about a month or so. Among the changes: many more tables will be added and the layout will be shuffled, as the space will be expanded into a bigger wine bar/cafe to complement the restaurant. All else being equal, we still wouldn't mind a giant water column or two. Reopening: early to mid-April. [ShutterWire]
2) Just on down the hill, from a tipster comes word that the Cold Stone Creamery on Ellis is also closed temporarily for renovations. We always wonder what exactly causes mega-chains to shutter, particularly when it comes to ice cream shops. Whatever the reason, our tipster says Cold Stone is redirecting the tourist traffic to the Wharf location, which couldn't stop a kid from crying about it. Reopening: March 22. [ShutterWire]