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Circa- downtown closing

zevx Nov 27, 2007 07:59 AM

My friend sent me the following e-mail:

Guys, it looks like the dungeon [broadway cafe] is about to realize a small victory in the competition of kosher eateries. I was in Circa and there were barely any sodas and the pizza area was closed. The mashgiach told me that the place is going under in about a week. Go figure! It looks like we’re back to the good old dungeon for some watery soup and a slice of pizza.

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    absmiller Nov 29, 2007 05:31 PM

    My husband's office orders (ordered?) from Circa downtown regularly. When I told my husband that Circa downtown is closing, he forwarded the information to the woman who orders the lunches, and she called the restaurant directly. Whoever answered the phone claimed that it's only closed for renovations.

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    1. re: absmiller
      Howard_b2 Nov 29, 2007 07:12 PM

      The Circa on avenue J in Midwood, Brooklyn also closed quite a number of months ago. Too bad they never got their act together.

      1. re: absmiller
        Joe Berger Dec 2, 2007 12:14 PM

        I'm glad to hear they are renovating. that pizza oven steam tray counter was poorly implemented as it makes the entire restaurant too humid even with the A/C on full blast, and back a few Months ago, the low ceiling left back dining area was regularly full of flies or gnats. I hope it comes back either as take out only, or a much more pleasant sit down environment. the food is forgettable, but at least it's affordable and wholesome.

        1. re: Joe Berger
          pitagirl Dec 2, 2007 03:17 PM

          The Circa on Ave. J also claimed to be closed for renovations until it became a bank

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            LoveKosherEats Dec 2, 2007 04:33 PM

            the truth comes out...

            1. re: pitagirl
              oreyyo Dec 10, 2007 10:00 AM

              My mother spoke to one of the managers at Circa J when it reappeared for an encore performance... He said that they were going to close bec the restaurant didn't make enough profit -- they had to pay a lot in rent, and then hired 2 day managers and 2 night managers (for upstairs and downstairs).

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          lilsysweety Nov 28, 2007 06:02 PM

          So sad! I always go there after shopping at Century 21. I knew I should have gone shopping more often.

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            mggn Nov 27, 2007 08:48 AM

            Funny, I just came back from the dungeon and I was wondering why it was so crowded.

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            1. re: mggn
              my3princesses Nov 27, 2007 09:29 AM

              which location is the "downtown" one?

              1. re: my3princesses
                jonahs Nov 27, 2007 10:16 AM

                5 Dey Street (near Century 21)

                1. re: jonahs
                  LoveKosherEats Nov 27, 2007 10:26 AM

                  just saw online that it looks like there only under renovations...oh wait - i think youre right just saw another posting that that is misinformation

                  1. re: LoveKosherEats
                    Beerhound Nov 28, 2007 07:26 PM

                    I walked by today, the signs in the windows said "closed for renovations"

                    1. re: Beerhound
                      LoveKosherEats Nov 29, 2007 01:52 PM

                      right -- it's misinformation.

                      1. re: LoveKosherEats
                        Beerhound Nov 30, 2007 08:20 AM

                        Why the misinformation? What do they gain by claiming they're renovating if they're actually closing?

                        1. re: Beerhound
                          LoveKosherEats Nov 30, 2007 08:57 AM

                          I dont think they gain anything, save face. But from what I've heard and read on the internet, thye're telling people 'closed for renovations' when in fact theyre closed for good. thats not the first time thats happened in restaurant biz, especially the kosher one; it happens left and right. places close for passover and never reopen, etc.

                          1. re: Beerhound
                            LoveKosherEats Nov 30, 2007 11:31 AM

                            as an aside, i just checked the OU website, and the restaurant has been removed. so it's definitely gone.

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