Facing Rent Hike, Sugar Cafe’s Last Call is Sunday

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 am by

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It’s last call for Sugar Cafe on Allen Street. The reliable, 24/7 corner diner has been winding down operations this week, and plans to close sometime on Sunday afternoon.

We first reported the news on Tuesday after several readers passed along word, and relayed their displeasure at its passing. They noted that this is one of the last budget eateries in the area, and will be a loss to the community. Unconfirmed cause of its departure after ten some-odd years is a purported twofold rent hike by landlord Serge Hoyda.

The closure might also be related to the ongoing work up above. The two buildings to which Sugar is attached – comprised of 175-177 East Houston – are in a state of construction flux. Both are stripped down to skivvies, head to toe. That includes the Preserve 24 space, too. It’s a complete gut job; Department of Buildings permits call for a change in Certificate of Occupancy, apartment renovations on floors two through four, and “structural repair work.” So, plenty to go ’round.

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