Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Gaia Italian Cafe expected to reopen today after a short break; but for how long?
Local favorite Gaia Italian Cafe has been closed for a break since the end of service on July 28. They are expected to reopen today. (Gaia is closed on Mondays.)
Two EVG readers pointed us to the basement-level space here on Houston between Suffolk and Norfolk...
One reader, a longtime fan of Gaia's, found the note for patrons — presumably from proprietor Gaia Bagnasacco — especially worrying...
According to the note, they were taking a little break after being overwhelmed the past two years by the ongoing construction of Samy Mahfar's controversial 14-floor residential building — called Sioné — next door "that has made our business full of problems and from the space above us that gave us other problems too." (Not sure what exactly is in that upstairs space with the American flag in the window. Weeks back a reader mentioned MAGA signage inside the space.)
The Gaia note concludes with: "We need to think about the future of the cafe in which directions [we] should go for the time that we are living and for the money power that is taking this city to craziness."
This isn't the first time that the 8-year-old cafe discussed closing shop. In late 2013, Bagnasacco posted on Facebook that Gaia was "closing probably forever." Thankfully that didn't happen, as we need more affordable and quirky places like this in the neighborhood.