Open and shut cases: Lala's and Prime 121

Some locations just seem doomed. The latest black hole: 121 Clayton Lane, which on Monday swallowed Prime 121 after two years of struggle and a chapter 11 filing in May. The first occupant of this address didn't even last that long: Bob's Steak & Chop House, home of the giant, marinated carrot, which debuted in 2005 when Clayton turned into a lane, and didn't win many fans with its carrot-and-steakhouse shtick.

But the outlook is brightening for another black hole, the space at 410 East Seventh Avenue that's devoured Sparrow, Vega, Sacre Bleu, JV's the Cork and assorted other efforts dating back to Transalpin. The folks just around the corner, who've made a go of Govn'rs Park for more than thirty years, have taken on the spot and transformed it into Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, a casual joint that opened soft two weeks ago soft opening and is now open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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