Chinatown’s ‘Shanghai Cafe Deluxe’ Looks Like a Goner

Posted on: May 1st, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Jonathan Gottlieb

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe on Mott Street has been closed for well over a month, and faithful customers are worried it won’t return.

Green posters affixed to 100 Mott Street announce a “temporary closure” to address nebulous “renovations.” Yet this could just be another instance of pulling the plug without the admission. Phone calls go unanswered, and there are no updates on the website or other social media channels to stalk.

Some locals suspect that business has been down due to the constant competition with Shanghai Asian Manor and Joe’s Shanghai (both within walking distance).

Writes our tipster:

About a month ago we went on our regular weekend jaunt we saw they were dark, with a sign out front saying they are temporarily closed until April 3 for renovations. While disappointed we only thought that feeling would be temporary like the closure itself, but the sign is still up with no update. There does not look to be any renovations inside or up front.

The neighboring businesses had no updates and the guy selling fake bags in front of 100 Mott had a great deal on a Gucci tote but no details on Shanghai Cafe.

Shanghai Cafe was founded by Suzie Chang back in 2003.

Photo: Jonathan Gottlieb

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