UPDATE: Co-Owner Says Remodeled Cafe Mia Will Re-Open This Summer As Family Bar & Grill

by Scott Schaefer

UPDATE: Cafe Mia, which closed without warning last Thursday (we first reported on it Saturday 4/25), is planning on remodeling and re-opening as a “family bar and grill” sometime in early to mid-summer, according to co-owner Todd McKittrick.

We spoke with Mr. McKittrick Monday morning (4/27), and he told us that the cafe, as it was, simply wasn’t making enough money. Despite a strong lunchtime crowd, business wasn’t consistent enough, so they decided to close it down.

McKittrick says that a new restaurant will soon open in the same location after a remodel that changes the current cafe to include:

  • More comfortable atmosphere with table service
  • Lower ceilings to make it quieter
  • Replacing the round tables with more traditional square ones
  • Enlarge the outdoor seating area
  • Re-design it as a “family bar and grill”

A few Commenters on our sister site The B-Town Blog mentioned that they thought the location in the new Normandy Park Towne Center was a problem; one calling it a “dead zone” and another a “black hole,” with one even suggesting that the only business that would thrive would be “a strip bar.”

McKittrick disagrees, saying that it wasn’t the location.

“All three owners are Normandy Park residents,” McKittrick said. “We’re all local, and we all believe that a local restaurant can work at this location. We’re just listening to our customers and making changes based on their feedback. We’ll re-open soon with the same great food, but with a different menu.”

McKittrick said that the remodeled restaurant will have a new name, but that they hadn’t yet decided on what that will be.

Despite the changes, the Cafe Mia website remains unchanged, with no mention of any closure or changes, as does their Facebook page.


2 Responses to “UPDATE: Co-Owner Says Remodeled Cafe Mia Will Re-Open This Summer As Family Bar & Grill”
  1. Robert says:

    If they decide to open a "new" cafe mia, I hope they plan on paying their purveyors and vendors next time around or it will fail again. The "owners" have a great deal to learn about how to run an honest business. Not everyone in the community cares to see them in business again – unless perhaps they decide to pay the many outstanding bills that are due.

  2. Aaron Bekkerus says:

    Personally I applaud the decision to close and re-open. All to often small business' attempt to force a particular business model without being sensitive to the market. My wife and I ate at Cafe Mia, at least a few times. While we were very excited to have another option in the area for meals out, we were disappointed with the somewhat "cold" feeling interior, lack of table service as well as a lack of basic fare such as burgers, etc. It appears that we were not alone in wishing Cafe Mia had some of these features. Rather than giving up I am glad to see the Cafe listen to its constituents and hopefully come back as a hit, because I know the area could use a great family restaurant.

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