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Great Jones Cafe Reopens Wednesday as Permanent Closure Averted

By Allegra Hobbs | August 2, 2017 7:05am
 The legendary Great Jones Cafe will reopen Wednesday evening.
The legendary Great Jones Cafe will reopen Wednesday evening.
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NOHO — Just one week after rumblings of an indefinite closure brought swarms of patrons through its doors for a last supper, the Great Jones Cafe will reopen its doors.

The beloved Cajun restaurant at 54 Great Jones St. will open for dinner service Wednesday at 5 p.m., according to the cafe's website and Facebook page, which announced the "reports of our demise were greatly exaggerated."

EV Grieve last Wednesday morning posted a report, attributed to anonymous sources, that the cafe would close that evening after 34 years in the neighborhood. That report, quickly circulated through other news sources, drew loyal patrons who filled the place to the seams to say their goodbyes to the mainstay.

But employees working that night told DNAinfo New York it was far from a done deal.

A longtime bartender called news of the closure "just a rumor," claiming the cafe would close for a week while management reassessed. But a waitress working the shift said the cafe would close indefinitely due to the owner's poor health.

A sign hung in the window the following morning stating the spot "hope[s] to re open soon."

The cafe did not immediately return an inquiry late Tuesday on the cafe's future and whether the reopening was permanent.