That's apparently it for Space Mabi on First Avenue at Fourth Street... the Korean cafe-restaurant quietly closed earlier this month. There isn't any message on their social media properties about a closure, though Google and Yelp both list it as permanently closed. The signs have been removed and paper covers the windows.
Space Mabi opened on Nov. 3, 2017, with a shifting focus depending on the time of day. Per their Facebook description:
Space Mabi is a new gastropub with cozy atmosphere in East Village that specializes in New Korean cuisine, plus creative Korean alcoholic beverages.
Under the sun, we operate as ‘Cafe Space Mabi,’ under the moon, we serve as ‘Restaurant Space Mabi’, and under the stars, we turn into ‘Bar Space Mabi’.
They eventually discontinued the daytime service, opening then at 5:30 p.m.
The space was previously Guayoyo, the low-key, family-owned Venezuelan restaurant, which never reopened after a basement fire in the Icon Realty-owned building in January 2015.
This marks the second self-described gastropub to close within two blocks this month on First Avenue.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Guayoyo has been closed now for 1 year
Gastropub — 'Your new playground' — slated for former Guayoyo space on 1st Avenue