Gaia Cafe Sidelined Due to Fire Atop 251 East Houston

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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On Thanksgiving eve, a small fire sparked atop the historic four-story tenement at 251 East Houston. It was quickly extinguished, and luckily no one was hurt. However, the beloved eatery in the sub-level commercial space fell victim. The five-year-old Gaia Cafe apparently took on some water, and the electricity was subsequently cut. The future appears a bit dim at the moment, alas. Eponymous proprietor Gaia Bagnasacco took to Facebook to provide a status update:

Due to a fire in the building, the cafè has been closed due to some damages and lost of electricity…we still do not know when we will open again…

Sorry for any inconvenience…

Bagnasacco further notes that the cafe needs a new ceiling due to the leakage and that the “building needs a new roof.”

A similar handwritten sign appears on the front door of the establishment.

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It’s been a pretty stressful year for Gaia Cafe. Bognascano nearly closed the operation completely last December, but returned days later after an overwhelming show of support from the neighborhood. Apparently frustration led to this impulse decision. Just scope out some of the viscous commentary on Yelp to empathize with her plight. Despite high marks across the board, customer reviews call out Gaia for being “cranky” and a “Soup Nazi” server. This is New York and we like our characters.

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