Cafe Colonial is Closing Today

Posted on: May 25th, 2010 at 9:27 am by

Thanks to Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria, the McNally Effect has claimed its first victim along East Houston.  Today is the last day in business for Cafe Colonial.  A dry-erase board out front confirms it, thanking customers for fifteen years of serving the community.  Stop in today for a final happy hour to bid the cafe farewell.  They will be missed.

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Back in March, EV Grieve first broke news that Cafe Colonial was closing.  The “for lease” banner still hangs from the facade, like salt in an open wound.  And if this listing is any indication, a boutique may soon follow at 73 East Houston (aka 276 Elizabeth).

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At the time, Grub St also spoke with the owner who felt that her rent was tripled – or $20,000 per month – thanks to McNally.

I know people who know [the landlord] and they told me what’s going on. He said, ‘McNally is opening a place and he wants to bring people over and we might get a high-end boutique.'” So does she resent her new neighbor? “I think that he is genuinely a good restaurateur and he does good — the problem is that the landlords think, Oh, because he’s a good guy he’s going to bring a lot of customers around. So people get greedy and make rents go up. I don’t think we, as people who live here, gain anything by having these kinds of things here. Because you know what, who’s going to shop in a high-end boutique? I can’t and any local people can’t.”

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