A manager, reached by phone, confirmed that the restaurant closed Oct. 13 but gave no explanation. He said the restaurant's Spanish and American partners are in talks about opening a new restaurant in the same place.
"I know they are going to make some construction to change some things," said manager Gonzalo Cabrera.
The owners of the eatery at 341 West Broadway have not filed a new liquor license application with the local community board.
Hogar Dulce Hogar, which means "home sweet home" in Basque, had an in-house bakery, coffee bar and an ice cream stand, and it was also a full-service restaurant. In an interview when the restaurant opened in April, Cabrera said the primary owner, Jesus Diaz, who has similar bakeries in Madrid, "wants to open more stores [in the U.S.] if this one goes well."
The restaurant has been dark and shuttered since last week, but the interior remained intact. There were no signs posted alerting customers to the closure.
A representative from a public relations firm employed by the restaurant when it opened said the firm no longer worked with Hogar Dulce Hogar.
Several negative Yelp reviews blasted the restaurant's service, including one from a disappointed Tim G.
"Honestly I still don't know who our waitress was," the review read. "They really need to hire an experienced restauranteur [sic] to get this place in shape because I don't know how they're going to last."