JOHNNY BONG RYOO WILL OPEN HIS FIRST NEW YORK SALON IN A 600-SQUARE-FOOT SHOPFRONT AT 827 10TH AVE. AND WEST 55TH STREET.

BY IRINA IVANOVA ON JUNE 11, 2013

In a sign of the upward turn in the fortunes of both Hell’s Kitchen and of Johnny Bong Ryoo’s—the hairstylist will open his first New York salon in the neighborhood. He recently inked a five-year lease for a 600-square-foot shopfront at 827 10th Ave., at West 55th Street. The store has sat empty since the previous tenant, Wonderland Beauty Spa, closed six months ago.

“I was looking at many other places, but I like the Hell’s Kitchen area better,” he said. “It’s a growing area.” He hopes to open in July after some remodeling.

Mr. Ryoo, who moved to New York three years ago, previously owned Salon Acqua, in Washington, D.C. He currently works at Le Salon East on the Upper East Side.

The asking rent for the Hell’s Kitchen space was $100 per square foot. Justin Lerner and Aaron Gavios of Square Foot Realty represented the tenant as well as the landlord, Site Five HDFC.

Mr. Lerner noted that this will be the only hair salon in the immediate area, which happily for him is now surrounded by luxury rentals and condos.

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