Another local business has gone out of business.
The Antique Row Café has been sold and is shut down until the new ownership takes over. According to a sign posted in the restaurant's window, renovations are planned.
A new business license has not yet been filed, according to the city.
The family-run eatery has long been a popular gathering place, known for its friendly service, extensive menu and kitschy 1950s diner décor. It was recently voted the Best Breakfast Spot in Town by Patch readers.
A call to the restaurant Monday went unanswered. There was not an immediate response to an email sent to co-owner Noemi Flores.
A message of appreciation was posted by the Flores family:
Dear Valued Customers,
We want to thank you for all your support all these years. We are in the process of changing ownership. We feel very blessed to have met you. We look forward to your continued support of the new owners. The renovations are still under way, so we look forward to seeing you all at their grand opening.
God bless you!!
Thank you for making our time here so wonderful.
Mama, Joe & Amy
The closure comes on the heels of another longtime restaurant pulling out of town. Por Favor folded in March after 38 years in Lemon Grove. Its La Mesa and El Cajon locations remain open.
The Antique Row Cafe located in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego is owned independently of the Lemon Grove location.