NEW BRITAIN - People visited Hardware City CafĂ©â€™s Facebook page for the lunch menu and daily sandwich special for the day were greeted by a surprising message over the weekend.
â€śUnfortunately, due to business being so slow, we were forced to close our doors yesterday. We enjoyed getting to know all of you and appreciate your constant support and friendship,â€ť wrote the cafĂ© Saturday.
Hardware City CafĂ© closed on Friday.
The cafĂ© opened in May in the former CafĂ© Beauregard site at 2 Main St. CafĂ© Beauregard closed in February after four years in business.
Owner Isaac Silvia also operates West Side Tavern, a Brazilian restaurant which opened in 2015.
Hardware City CafĂ© focused on breakfast and lunch with a hot and cold bar, special sandwiches, desserts and soups.
The cafĂ© was co-owned by Miriam Geraci and Ellen Cedarfield. Geraci is a member of the Board of Education and a Republican candidate for Common Council in Ward 5.
A request for comment was not returned in time for publication.
Many comments on the Facebook post were of sadness and disappointment, but customers also offered encouragement.
â€śSo sorry to hear. Itâ€™s a very tough business climate right now here in CT. Hopefully you can regroup and come back on the scene with something even better,â€ť Kristin Davis of New Britain wrote.
People with gift certificates from Hardware City CafĂ© can use them at West Side Tavern.