East Village pillar Yaffa Café is officially done after 32 years on Saint Marks, bemoans EV Grieve. The restaurant had been having a tough time lately. It was forced to close temporarily by the DOH early in September and then it lost its license for its charming backyard café. Plus, to make matters worse, the restaurant (likely strapped for cash) recently allowed a Google ad to be hung over its classic mural outside. Still, the owners promised it would return after renovations. Sadly, a tweet this morning says that is no longer true.
Bad news bears: Yaffa is officially gone. But good news: all recipes have moved to @SimoneMartiniNY on the corner!— Yaffa Cafe (@YaffaCafe) October 1, 2014
But what will happen to that flamboyant wallpaper?