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Out of Business: Antique Row Cafe Closes Its Doors

The family-run eatery has long been a popular gathering place.

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.

Lemongrovelocal June 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Wow...I'm saddened by this news. My family and I loved Antique Row for a weekend breakfast, an after ball game dinner or a quick weekday lunch. I wish Mama Joe and Amy the best in the future. So sad to see you guys leave!
Shauntel Lowe June 25, 2012 at 09:27 PM
My uncles eat there just about every weekend. Sad news.
Chris Jennewein (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I agree that this is sad news, but I'm looking forward to meeting the new owners and eating there after the renovations.
James Davis June 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Understandably this location has a lot of nostalgic value within the community. With the new owners coming and renovations planned, I hope it can continue on with past tradition and get some new customers to have memories as well.
Denise Mains June 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
This is sad news. Everytime we ate there we would receive a hug from Mama, Joe and Amy. And all the workers were so sweet. We are going to miss them.

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