Gaia Italian Cafe Loses its Lease After a Decade on East Houston

Posted on: June 30th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

One of the most popular, albeit low key, restaurants on the Lower East Side is set to close next month.

Gaia Italian Cafe, which has kept the neighborhood in cozy home-cooked, will close at the end of July. The forthcoming closure caps a nine-and-a-half-year run on East Houston Street.

We’re told that the landlord decided not to renew the lease, which expires on July 31. Word on the street is that the call came amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

Owner Gaia Bagnasacco opened her eponymous cafe in January 2011. It quickly became something of a locals dining room with a communal, family vibe. Despite the area love, Bagnasacco often battled naysayers and negative Yelp commenters.

Nevertheless, the hunt is on for a new location. And her loyal customers are trying to help with the search. Bagnasacco only needs 500 square-feet for her operation, and no liquor license.

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