In certain circles, you can elicit a chuckle by mentioning "943" and "Sticks & Stones."
But based on earnest chats with the owners, their completions are in sight.
At 943, Pat Cancelliere got an infusion of cash from an investor a couple of months ago, and he left the kitchen at M Restaurant to work on getting the place open. He now says: "Two weeks, restaurant time."
Just as optimistic is Nick Miglino, who actually pokes fun at himself for the slow pace of Sticks & Stones. He told me he's hoping to open in early fall.