EAST VILLAGE — Longtime neighborhood standby Life Café is closing indefinitely after three decades on Avenue B.
A note posted on the restaurant’s website Sunday said that building repairs the landlord planned to make a year ago never occurred, forcing the eatery at the corner of East 10th Street to shutter until they are completed, EV Grieve reported.
"On this auspicious day of 9/11/11, after 30 years in business, I am closing Life Cafe East Village this evening 'until further notice,'" the note read.
"We anticipate a rebirth of Life Cafe sometime in the near future. Thank you for your loyal patronage over the years."
A message left with restaurant owner Kathy Kirkpatrick at Life Café’s Brooklyn outpost was not immediately returned.
Kirkpatrick and her then-husband opened the café in 1981 after moving to New York City, first planning to sell antiques out of the space before converting it to a coffee shop and eventually a full-scale restaurant and performance space.
“Life Cafe became a space for artists to meet, talk, exchange ideas and perform,” read a passage from the restaurant’s website. “On cold winter days, people came to keep warm because their apartments were freezing cold.”
The eatery expanded to Bushwick, Brooklyn, in 2002.
A representative for the building owner could not be reached.