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.