Happy Birthday, Blue Cactus

Blue Cactus. file photo

Blue Cactus Cafe is no more — and Cellar on Greene will soon close its doors as well.

Blue Cactus changed hands at the end of 2017, when Julie Ford took over the restaurant from her parents, owners Lloyd and Mary Reese. But in recent months, the Korean-Southwestern cafe suffered some setbacks, like when a broken freezer in early April led to "a restaurant reeking of melted ice cream and squid," per a post on Blue Cactus' always quirky social media accounts.

In a public post Friday, Ford said the Cactus is now closed for good, citing health and family troubles. However, she said she hopes to keep making food on a smaller scale, like selling kimchi at a farmers market.

As for Cellar on Greene, owner Ricky Mollohan writes that the restaurant and wine shop's last service will be May 25.

Mollohan initially announced last October that Cellar was ending dinner service — but, seemingly buoyed by goodwill, the restaurant stayed open.

He wrote last week that the closing is "for real this time."

"I’m sorry we couldn’t get things turned around," Mollohan wrote. "We definitely tried and appreciate all of the support through all the ups and downs."

"Hopefully, if everything goes well with our lease negotiations, come mid-July you’ll see Fat Beagle Catering signs on our block," he added, explaining future plans for the space, which is next door to another Mollohan restaurant, Mr. Friendly's. "There’s much work to do, but it’s still on our radar. We are also still in talks to renovate and expand Mr. Friendlys with a larger bar, private dining room and a new outdoor dining patio with fancy features. So in that respect, our fingers are crossed while our hearts are broken."

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