‘Cata’ Spanish Tapas Restaurant on the Bowery Fades Out
Of all the Bowery restaurants to join (and flee) the scene south of Houston the last few years, Cata always seemed to brave the turbulent turnover. However, its day of reckoning may have arrived.
A Boogie reader tells us that the Spanish tapas spot was closed consecutive nights last week, including Friday and Saturday. Moreover, our calls to the establishment go unanswered, while Google lists Cata as “permanently closed.”
Cata debuted at 245 Bowery (corner of Stanton) in September 2012 on a bed of local controversy. Alta owners Ewa Olsen and Chris Chesnutt had initially conceived the concept two years earlier as SRO given the location in the ground floor of the still-active Sunshine Hotel (flophouse). That didn’t sit well with the community and the name eventually morphed.
It outlasted other eateries like the Bowery Diner, Pearl & Ash, and Rebelle.