Café Colonial Has Closed
Gone with the winds of rising rent.
Two months after Café Colonial owner Luciane Gilan complained that "everything's harder. People are more mean. It's just not fun anymore," her 15-year-old restaurant has given up the ghost. Bowery Boogie reports that Café Colonial's last day is today, as advertised by a sign emblazoned on dry-erase board outside the restaurant. Gilan had told Grub Street that her landlord, apparently inspired by the opening of Pulino's down the block, had tripled her rent to $30,000 a month; she also had to contend with credit card fees and rising Con Ed bills. Given that the landlord seems to be interested in installing a high-end boutique, the future of food in the space is uncertain, but $30,000 a month isn't exactly an incentive to open a wee mom 'n' pop restaurant.
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