By Patrick Hedlund
DNAinfo News Editor
EAST VILLAGE — Mara's Homemade, the New Orleans-style restaurant on East 6th Street, is closing next month after seven years in business.
The popular creole restaurant has been on short-term lease for more than a year and cannot afford its anticipated rent increase, according to an email from the eatery.
"Since [the lease came up], the BP explosion took place, bike lanes were installed on First and Second Avenues, which reduced parking, and the signs of future property tax increases have occurred," the note continued. "We have not been able to find an affordable location in NYC at this time."
Mara's was known for plentiful portions of Gulf Coast seafood staples like crawfish, shrimp and catfish, as well as a colorful Big Easy-themed aesthetic.
"Some of you have gone from first dates, to rehearsal dinners, weddings and baby showers with Mara's Homemade," the restaurant stated, adding April will be its last month in operation. "We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing every occasion with you. You have given us so many fond memories."