Showing posts with label Cafecito. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cafecito. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Malcriada, a Latin gastropub, opens on Super Bowl Sunday

Signs are up at 185 Avenue C near 12th Street for a new restaurant called Malcriada.

Per its Facebook page, Malcriada is a "Latino Gastropub that will make your taste buds go wild." Their menu posted online shows a variety of quesadillas, tacos, burritos, etc. (Find the menu here.)

The website notes that Malcriada will have its soft opening on Super Bowl Sunday — Feb. 5.

The previous venture here, Kaz, closed after nearly seven months back in December. Before that, Cafecito operated for 14 years. The Cuban-specialty restaurant closed at the end of January 2016.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kaz signage arrives at former Cafecito space on Avenue C

The signage for Kaz has arrived at 185 Avenue C near 12th Street.

We don't know too much about the place, which is taking over the former Cafecito space.

The applicant was on CB3's SLA committee docket in February (as Caz, per the paperwork) for a full liquor license (like Cafecito had). The proposed menu included salads, sandwiches and various items described as "large bites." (The menu is on the questionnaire here.)

CB3 recommended to deny the license, according to the minutes from the meeting...

WHEREAS, this is an application for a "large bites" restaurant with hours of operation of 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. Sundays through Thursdays and 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. Fridays and Saturdays, a fifteen (15) foot bar with eight (8) stools, three (3) forty-two (42) inch screen televisions and recorded background music; and

WHEREAS, notwithstanding that this location has a business with a full on-premise liquor license, that this application is for a bulk asset sale, and that this applicant furnished twenty- nine (29) petition signatures in support of its application, this applicant did not demonstrate that it has the experience or is prepared to operate a business with a full on-premise liquor license, in that it has limited experience managing a licensed business outside of this community since 2013 and did not articulate a well-thought out business plan with defined personnel and menu; and

WHEREAS, although respresented to be a restaurant, the proposed business plan appears to be that of a bar serving a limited menu with proposed later hours and three (3) large screen televisions...

In any event, it looks as if Kaz is moving forward with beer and wine ... this reader photo from last week shows more than 20 taps (and there are apparently more not pictured)...

Cafecito closed at the end of January after 12 years in business. No word on an opening date for Kaz.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Last night for Cafecito

As we first reported on Friday, Cafecito was calling it a day after nearly 14 years at 185 Avenue C near East 12th Street... EVG regular Peter Brownscombe stopped by the Cuban-specialty restaurant last night as the doors closed for good...

The ownership team is also involved with Royale a few blocks away at 157 Avenue C.

Meanwhile, there's already a suitor lined up for the Cafecito space. An applicant will appear before CB3's SLA committee on Feb. 16. At this point, the applicant's identity hasn't been revealed.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cafecito closes Sunday on Avenue C

After 14 years in business at 185 Avenue C between East 11th Street and East 12th Street, Cafecito will be closing its doors for good after service on Sunday.

Several regulars shared news of the Cuban restaurant's closure, and a staffer confirmed the news. There will be a closing celebration Sunday night at 9. All Cafecito friends and fans are invited.

As we understand it, business had been tapering off ... and the Cafecito team didn't want to see it go out of business slowly and sadly — "dwindling into another solemn East Village story," as one source put it. In any event, the owners aren't leaving the neighborhood — they also run Royale at 157 Avenue C between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street.

Like other businesses in the area, Cafecito was hit hard during Sandy in October 2012. Longtime manager Manny Garcia was featured in an Out and About in the East Village here in March 2013: "There was four feet of water in the building and we were closed almost a month. We’re still trying to recover financially. We had to replace everything. We didn’t have power for 3 weeks and to this day we still don’t have Verizon."

One nearby resident praised Cafecito's management for all their help through the years. "They could not have been any more supportive of local causes."

There is already a suitor lined up for the space. An applicant will appear before CB3's SLA committee next month. At this point, the applicant's identity hasn't been revealed.

EVG file photo

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cafecito reopens tonight on Avenue C

Cafecito on Avenue C near East 12th Street reopens tonight... first time that the Cuban eatery has been able to open since the surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded their establishment on Oct. 29.

[File photo]

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pollo Cafecito space on the market

Back in the fall of 2009, Avenue C's Cuban eatery Cafecito opened Pollo Cafecito, a take out/rotisserie chicken joint... I noticed that the space was closed this past summer for renovations or something... Now that I see the space is on the market ...

... Cafecito is still going strong, as far as I can tell...