June 24, 2012
Nine months ago I had to close the original East Village Life Café. Today I am very sorry and sad to finally announce that I have to throw in my tea towel and close my second venue, Life Café 983 in Bushwick on June 30. A new café/bar will open immediately thereafter under a new name. I shall take a break from the restaurant business for the time being.
I know it's hard to believe. After 30 years, in September 2011 I had to close my East Village café because I could no longer carry the huge business loses caused by the two warring landlords who fought over structural repairs to their property.
And a few months later the landlord of my thriving Bushwick café told me that he was not going to extend my lease. Read more ... LIFE CAFE 983 TO CLOSE FOR GOOD