Popular Local Spot, Cafe Petisco, Remains Closed

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We’ve been fielding quite a few emails from readers hoping to find out what’s happening at Cafe Petisco, the popular Mediterranean restaurant at 189 East Broadway.

Earlier this month, signage appeared outside indicating that construction on Jefferson Street had forced the collapse of a wall in the basement, “compromising (the owners’) ability to keep the restaurant operating.” It was suggested that repairs would be made as quickly as possible. The note was later removed.

We tried calling Cafe Petisco, but there’s no answer and the voice mailbox is full. No response via the restaurant’s social media, either.

A check of the Department of Buildings website turns up no permits for repairs in the basement. On April 5, a complaint was received about a collapsed wall in the basement. According to the DOB file, an inspector visited the building, but did not find any violations. A notation reads, “All exterior and interior walls are in good condition.”

Then there’s this. On March 29, the city’s Department of Health ordered the restaurant closed, according to city records. But Cafe Petisco was cleated to reopen on April 5.  Its Yelp page was updated a few days ago to indicate a “temporary” closure with a reopening date of May 12.

Any clues what’s going on at Cafe Petisco? Feel free to send us info at tips@thelodownny.com.