Café Colonial Has Closed


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.