‘De Maria’ is Done After 2 Years on Kenmare Street [Updated]

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

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De Maria is dead. The chic Kenmare Street cafe closed down last week after little more than two years in business.

Word on the street is that staff was allegedly informed that August 12 would be the last day for both De Maria and its basement “events space,” The Lo. An insider also alleges that sales had been stale ever since founding chef Camille Becerra left last January and Chopped champ Adriana Urbina stepped in. The latter chef wrote on Instagram, “Due to lack of transparency and professionalism from the owners at De Maria, I’m sad to announce that [August 10] was the last service.”

This enormous ground-level space at 19 Kenmare can’t seem to hold down a solid commercial tenant. It’s morphed into several different nightclubs over the years, including Travertine, Ken & Cook, and Lil Charlie’s. (The Lo never materialized thanks to neighbor outcry over the latter.) Maybe it’s also the rent.

UPDATE: Eater notes that Steph Bragg and Sowrabh “Sab” Sharma were the lease-holders on the space for the last ten years. Sharma plead guilty in February to visa fraud and tax crimes.

Before this last decade of nightlife, the space at 19 Kenmare housed Little Charlie’s Clam House.

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