Cafe des Artistes closes doors

August 31, 2009 7:28:55 AM PDT
The owners have closed Manhattan's Cafe des Artistes, citing the economy and a union lawsuit. Jenifer Lang, whose husband, George, has owned the restaurant since 1975, calls it "a death in the family."

Bill Granfield, president of Local 100 of Unite Here, says the restaurant had fallen behind on its payments for medical insurance and welfare funds.

Granfield adds that the restaurant was "great."

The cafe was in the lobby of Hotel des Artistes. The part Gothic, part Tudor revival co-op building designed by George Mort Pollard was opened as artists' studios in 1916. The restaurant opened a year later.

The wall paintings featured 36 nudes, including one man, possibly modeled after the actor Buster Crabbe.


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