Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
After 18 years in business, Café Cortadito (210 E. Third St., just east of Avenue B) is closing at the end of the month.
Ricardo Arias and Patricia Valencia, the husband-and-wife owners of the popular Cuban restaurant, say they can't afford the landlord's rent hike from $8,000 to $15,000 a month. The last day is this coming Saturday, Jan. 28. (There was also an issue with a large water bill passed along by the landlord during the pandemic. The matter ended up in court, and a judge sided with the landlord.)
As for what's next for this space, there's speculation that corner tenant Poco may take over this lease.