Café des Artistes Slips Away

Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Much sadder than the premature belly-upping of the John Dory is the passing of the Café des Artistes on the Upper West Side. As the Times reports in its ever-elegiac “NY/Region” section:

The restaurant had closed on August 9 for a monthlong vacation and was to reopen September 14. But on Friday, facing steady losses and a union lawsuit, its owners made what they described as a wrenching decision to close the landmark café on West 67th Street for good.

It’s unclear what will become of the restaurant’s famous murals, painted by Howard Chandler Christy in 1917.

Café des Artistes Slips Away