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Cafe Apamate closed?

FrancisdeR Aug 10, 2010 10:36 AM

Just drove by it today, and there appeared to be a for lease sign in the window.

Unless that sign pertained to the higher floors (unlikely, I suspect they are apartments) we just lost a really good little place, walking distance from the Suzanne Roberts theatre (and even the Wilma). I can't say they were inexpensive, but everything was very good indeed, including the service.

  1. Mawrter Jun 25, 2011 12:23 PM

    Anyone hear anything about the Apamate crew doing their next thing, whatever it is/will be?

    1. AmblerGirl Aug 22, 2010 08:23 AM

      I am so disappointed, I was only there a handful of times but really liked it. I really liked the whole vibe of a genuine laid back tapas place, more akin to what you'd find in Spain as opposed to the larger more themed type places - like Amada and Bar Ferdinand. While I love any and all spansih restaurants, I do think there is a need for a more casual cafe type spot. Cafe Barcelona fit that bill too and unfortunately they closed as well.

      1. Mawrter Aug 21, 2010 10:21 AM

        Oh no! I loved Apamate! What a disappointment. They never seemed to have enough business, so I'm not surprised. I loved their format, so I'll try whatever she does next. Thanks for the info.

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        1. re: Mawrter
          barryg Aug 21, 2010 10:36 AM

          I really liked this place, too, especially for bunch. But when it came down to it, I barely ever made it in. The location always felt a bit funny for some reason.

          1. re: barryg
            FrancisdeR Aug 21, 2010 11:22 AM

            We used to go pre-theatre when we were going to the Suzanne Roberts. It was around the corner, you could park on the street, and it was not too much food (always a good thing before a show). It was, however, very good, even if it averaged out to about $3 per bite. Cash only was at most a minor inconvenience.

            People say nice things about Novita across the street.

            1. re: FrancisdeR
              sockii Aug 26, 2010 05:18 PM

              Novita Bistro is really nice. Their fried calamari in balsamic appetizer is truly divine and my favorite version of calamari anywhere, period. Also like the house-made sausages and tagines. It's very affordable and I always lament that they too seem to have a hard time filling tables due to the location.

              I liked Apamate the few times I went, but it did seem pricey for what I got and price was a large factor in why I didn't go more frequently, even when I lived very nearby.

              1. re: sockii
                FrancisdeR Aug 27, 2010 06:53 AM

                Thanks, sockii.

                We still subscribe to the PTC, so Novita will definitely be on our list. We should be getting our tickets soon.

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          Buckethead Aug 10, 2010 10:45 AM

          It's been closed for a couple months now. The chef said she has plans for the future, but I haven't heard anything beyond that.


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