Only five months after opening its doors, Devra Gartenstein is turning off the burners at her Patty Pan Cafe at the intersection of 23rd Ave and Madison. Here’s her note to CHS about the closure:
We gave it our best but it just wasn’t happening, and market season is about to start so we just felt we had better uses for our time and energy. We’ll still be holding the Humble Feast dinners there on the last Monday of each month until the end of our lease, and then we hope to move the event to a community center nearby.
Gartenstein opened the cafe in October last year as an extension of her farmers market appearances and catering business. The space had previously been home to FIXX Coffee which closed after a short run in summer 2010. For Gartenstein, it’s the second time she’s been forced to close down a brick and mortar location — her Patty Pan Grill in Ballard closed down after four years of operation.
Double bad news for any Patty Pan fans is the sad news that Gartenstein also won’t be part of the Broadway farmers market this year.
Patty Pan was a CHS advertiser and we had held an event there to try to help drum up more business for what has been a challenging location. Business success in the area isn’t impossible, however. Nearby, the Bottleneck Lounge continues to wet whistles and Philadelphia Fevre still satisfies. Across the street, Crush remains a foodie destination. But 2310 E Madison is now looking for a tenant and any neighbors in the area who had made a habit of stopping in for breakfast or a coffee are again out of luck.