Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Rainbow Cafe is Shuttered, For Now
The Rainbow Cafe, whose signs are featured on both Forgotten NY (two-thirds down the page) and Lost City, has its shades drawn and closed. A small, handwritten sign is taped to one of the windows; it reads: "Closed for Business!!" I don't remember seeing The Rainbow Cafe ever closed like that, and I received an email from a curious neighbor about the same sighting. My first thought was that rising commercial rents had victimized another Fifth Avenue business (much like the furniture store kitty-corner from The Rainbow Room). I was wrong.
Sadly, the reason for the sudden closure is the passing on of the owner. The Rainbow Cafe will be closed for at least a few months, according to those in the know. Ironically, on Sunday a baby shower was celebrated at The Rainbow Cafe. It would be a shame to lose this place; it adds a lot of neon charm to that strip of Fifth Avenue. Our condolences go out to the families affected, and to the employees.