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Closed for Business: Perch Cafe, Aunt Suzie's, Comida, Kappa Sake House

Update: Thanks to a tipster for letting me know that Barrio hasn't closed for good, they're just "renovating" and have plans to re-open within a couple weeks.

Happy New Year, folks! It seems as if over the weekend the hammer came down on a total of five Park Slope restaurants. A couple had been long-anticipated, a couple came completely by surprise. One bit of good news: Timboo's is still open, and the bartender there said a date hasn't been set yet for closure.

Let's go one by one:

1) Perch Cafe: Word only got out that this longtime lunch spot/ lounge/ cafe would be closing on Friday, and after being denied by the staff, proof came in the "Farewell Brunch" sign that went up on Saturday, and the fact that they didn't open yesterday. According to a tipster, the seven year lease was up and the owner decided not to renew.

2) Aunt Suzie's: The 25 year old Park Slope institution announced in November they'd stop selling their no-frills brand of inexpensive Italian comfort food on January 1st, and they were true to their word.

3) Comida: A reader noticed that the year-old restaurant had closed last week and haven't been open since. The sophisticated Mexican restaurant, which has previously been in business on the Upper West Side, had a much-hyped opening, but it appears as if this seemingly cursed corner has claimed another victim.

4) Barrio: The windows are papered over, and the gates were down all weekend.    See above

5) Kappa Sake House: This 7 year old homestyle Japanese restaurant opened as Sakura Cafe, changed its name and menu in 2008 after the sushi chef left, and while it was much-loved by its fans (and even warranted a great NY Times review), it never really caught on. Last week owner Fumiko Akiyama announced the closure, and word has it that a restaurant serving "backyard-type food" will be replacing it.

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Sad about Perch- only had lunch once and was looking forward to trying full-blown brunch and dinner. They were probably going to get creamed with the new lease- probably well more than doubled than their current one.

Never bothered with Aunt Suzie's- If I go out for Italian, I want good food. From what I had read, I probably make as good or better at home.

Didn't get to try Comida or last few places at that location. After Playa went out, someone said that location is cursed. Hard to dispute that.

Barrio- my wife will be very upset if it is closed. We've gone fairly frequently since they opened. While never spectacular, it was always solid Latin with Mexican/Southwest slant. We last went during this past "Halloween" blizzard. Although we were left as the only patrons there, they didn't make us feel like an inconvenience. Hoping their just closed temporarily.

Heard good things about Kappa, but wife isn't into Japanese and definitely not sushi. So alas,,never made it there either.

At least the the new places that have been opening lately in the PS/South Slope/Windsor Terrace area have seemed exciting while trying to avoid be trendy yet being social media savvy.

Unfortunately, thanks to chains (Cheeburger Cheeburger, Petco, Dunking' Donuts) I'm sure leases are skyrocketing and landlords are looking to push out some of the smaller businesses to cash in.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstenro

I knew Comida was going to close, that corner is very cursed.
From my recent memory it's been:
Night and Day
Lookout Hill
....Comida (did I miss anything?)

Also, I don't really understand why there are all these chains taking over Park Slope. I thought big chains weren't allowed in the historic district.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSince1985

Since moving to the area 7 years ago, those are the places I recall as well. (Playa was the same owners as Barrio and I thought Comida was, too, but seems I'm wrong on that one.)
I'm not familiar with the community board/business district rules but since the chains are moving into existing buildings, they probably require very little approval. I'm sure growth of and make up of the area's population works on the side of the chains. The economic downturn cannot sustain many of these smaller businesses since people are looking to stretch their dwindling disposable income. I'm not a fan of it happening, but it's reality. Also, landlords probably prefer locking in a solid 10/15/20 yr. lease to a solid business chain than worrying about a business shutting down/going bankrupt a year or two into even a 5 yr. lease.
To stem the tide, everyone needs to patronize the local businesses as much as possible.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstenro

Barrio closed? hmm, seems another cursed corner. As for Perch, I am shocked about them, they were always crowded and I will miss the sing alongs. Very sad

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Manhattan restauranteurs like Douglas Rothchild and whoever the person behind Comida was thought they could conquer Brooklyn and struck out. Barrio was a decent take-out option, but Barrio and Playa were paled in comparison to both Calle Ocho and better options in the neighborhood.

Before the Fulton Mall one came along, I thought the only thing which could save the 5th and President corner was Shake Shack, or an equal sure thing. Then again, I can't remember anything that opened in that space in the past ten years worth your time or money.

Aunt Suzie's, as a fixture, will be missed.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMick

PSBklyn hasn't been open for around a week now either. That's another cursed spot, it seems.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

Went into PSBklyn once. Service was awful. Paid as much for a subpar burger as I would have at The Spotted Pig. At least Bussaco was an excellent cursed restaurant.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMick

As I've suggested before, nobody benefits from rumors. That said, paper over windows and a "renovating" sign are more often than not a bad sign (see: Tapas joint on Seventh Ave., under "renovation" for months now). Barrio served solid food, but not food that lingered in one's memory. Let some astute Park Slope historian recount all the restaurants that have occupied either side of the west side of Third St. and Seventh Ave. in the past thirty years. It's a long list.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous552

Once again the witches and demons of Park Slope have worked their evil magic on the "cursed" homes of various local restaurants. Either that or these restaurants were not worth a second visit because the food was mediocre at best and the experience unappealing. One of these explanations makes sense anyway.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParksloper

Follow-Up: On a whim, I just tried the phone number PSBklyn has listed on their website, and I got a recording that said the number has been disconnected. If that's not a sign of a closed restaurant, I don't know what is. Hopefully, someone with a good concept who can execute it properly can come into that space next. It's a spot that could be a huge draw for the neighborhood, especially with the dearth of even passable restaurants at that end of Park Slope near 7th Ave.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

"I knew Comida was going to close, that corner is very cursed.
From my recent memory it's been:
Night and Day
Lookout Hill
....Comida (did I miss anything?)"

Biscuit BBQ

It's the curse of the laundry that was kicked out before Bibi's.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOld Time Brooklyn

Very sad about Perch

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkslopeparent

Right Old Timer! I forgot the "Very Cursed" explanation. That must be it. It certainly wasn't because the restaurants all have been not very good.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParksloper

anyone else see that uncle moe's closed?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterps

The corner isnt cursed - the LLis...How can you possibly be so consistent at selecting tenants with zero ability to cook food and effectively service a restaurant?
If I were an experience restauranteur/chef; Id open a new place there called Cursed Corner Cafe and mockingly demonstrate that the issue isnt Real Estate.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrklynmind

Have you noticed that everything closing is on 5th Avenue and everything opening is on 7th Avenue lately?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbk4life

As for Barrio reopening, I also heard that about the Grecian Corner.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDAC

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