‘A Casa Fox,’ One of the Only Nicaraguan Restaurants in NYC, Closes After 9 Years on Orchard Street
Hell Square longtimer, A Casa Fox, recently “lost the battle” and is no longer in business. The Nicaraguan eatery – a rarity in New York City these days – shuttered a couple weeks ago after more than nine years on Orchard Street.
It appears that escalating rents and the “changing tides of the neighborhood” were the final nails in the proverbial coffin. Chef-owner Melissa Fox explained the closure with the following farewell on Facebook…
With a heavy heart I announce we’ve lost the battle and will be leaving The Lower East Side. No longer able to keep up with the changing tides of the neighborhood and its rents, we chose to no longer continue the fight. We will have our last dinner (and lunch!) service this Saturday – June 24th – and hope to see many of you in here one last time. It’s been a glorious 10 years, and we thank you for your love and your support through the years – it has been a pleasure and a privilege being able to feed you and I hope you were left with some happy memories in return. Come down this weekend for one last feast and let’s celebrate 10 years!
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Much love and heartfelt thanks,
Melissa + the acf team
The dining room and any remaining branding were basically stripped clean. Adding insult to injury, auctioneers will help clear away furnishings during an auction planned for later this afternoon. According to the restaurant website, Fox is actively seeking a new home for A Casa Fox, and catering services are still available.
Fox opened her Orchard Street hacienda in April 2008. She previously worked in catering parties and was later inspired to “cook her mother’s dishes” from Nicaragua. In her own words, the establishment had “survived the Market crash of ’08, Storm Sandy and the construction of The Indigo Hotel across the street.” Eat no more. Rest in peace.