The voice mail messages are becoming all too familiar. Usually it’s a reader calling saying they went to Restaurant XYZ and it was closed for business.
But today? Today, the voice mail was from a restaurant owner.
“Saturday is our last day,” said Ernesto Gomez, owner of Opa! Greek Cuisine on Sixth Avenue, who has run the restaurant with business partner Roberto Ruiz since August 2007.
When I called him back to ask him why they were closing, he said, “We were fighting for a long time to survive, the situation just caught up with this.” It was a combination of a crowded restaurant market and the downturn in the economy. “The winter was bad for everybody,” he said. So they put the restaurant on the market and sold it to someone else (more on that in a bit).
So what’s next for the business partners? Read more »