The latest Morningside storefront to close its doors is Columbia Cottage, which will end its over 20-year run at the end of February. According to a letter they posted, rising rent prices are the main reason they were unable to renew the lease. This seems to be a trend in Morningside, with Card-O-Mat's closure last spring being just the most recent example.
MoHi seems to be going through a lot of change these past few weeks. Citibank burned down yesterday, partially taking Samad's Gourmet and The Heights down with it (fingers crossed that they'll be up and running soon!). Thankfully, as reported on Spec's own Twitter, "Heights owner Feras Samad says they are waiting to re-enter the building and don't know extent of damage, but plan on reopening 'quickly.'" Samad is also the owner of Samad's Gourmet.
Not only this, but there are also reports that Crumbs will be closing. While it's sad to see all these businesses go, we can only hope that some great new stores will take their places. Card-O-Mat's replacement, Dig Inn, looks pretty promising, so let's hope there's more where that came from!
Check out the full letter, courtesy of Bwog, after the jump.
Dear Columbia University faculty and employees:
We regret to inform you that Columbia Cottage Restaurant will cease operations on February 28, 2014 and close our doors after serving the community for over twenty years.
We are sad that our landlord refused to renew our lease in good faith and instead he will put the space on the market for twice the amount of rent we are currently paying. Our last day open for serving lunch and dinner will be Wednesday February 20, 2014.
Because of changes with our financial institution we could no longer accept checks for payment from the date of this notice we will be accepting cash and credit cards for all transactions. We are sorry for this inconvenience but these are the procedures we must follow for accounting purposes.
Columbia Cottage Management