Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Interior demolition continues at the former Yaffa Cafe, soon to be home to a Portuguese restaurant

A crew has been working this past week (or so) at the former Yaffa Cafe at 97 St. Mark's Place, where there are approved permits for interior demolition of the space.

An EVG tipster passed along the above photo from yesterday, showing some of the Cafe's former contents piling up out back.

Last month, CB3 OK'd a beer-wine license for the owners of St. Dymphna's, the neighborhood pub at 118 St. Mark's Place, to open a restaurant here between Avenue A and First Avenue.

We don't know too much about the new concept just yet. However, according to the minutes (PDF!) from the January CB3 meeting:

• it will operate as a full-service Portuguese restaurant, with a kitchen open and serving food during all hours of operation
• its hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays
• it will not commercially operate any outdoor areas

Yaffa Cafe closed after 32 years last fall, in part because the legality of the back garden came into question.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Yaffa Cafe is officially gone; back garden dismantled

More about Yaffa Cafe closing

St. Dymphna's owners look to take over the former Yaffa Cafe space on St. Mark's Place


Gojira said...

Oh man, I hope they have pork and clams on the menu!

Anonymous said...

Going to be a taverna style place (as in food) beer wine. Place for catering co. That does not fit in St. Dymphnas.

Anonymous said...

Better be expensive. I didn't move down here last month to eat cheap shit!

Anonymous said...

Isn't Portuguese food the same as Spanish, but with slightly different-sounding ingredients?

Anonymous said...

Gojira, I hope they DON'T have pork and clams on the menu. They need to keep their menus clean!

FigKitty said...

Peri Peri chicken!!!!!!