Magpie Cafe's downtown location will close on Friday, the business said on social media.
The cafe in The Commerce Building at the corner of Third and Laurel streets was announced in 2015 and opened in 2016, serving breakfast and lunch options, espresso and coffee. The business also originally offered a dinner menu and bar service, but those options were cut back over time.
"We feel that a business and brand is a living breathing entity," Magpie said in its post to both Facebook and Instagram. "As such, there is expansion and contraction. In 2015, expansion to a second cafe location seemed to be the right path for Magpie. We loved the experience and have no regrets. We are proud of the restaurant space we built, teams we assembled and friends we made. Now in 2019, consolidation is the best way to provide the best experience to our team and our customers."
Magpie Cafe's original location has operated in the Perkins Road overpass area since 2012, and the business opened a third location in 2017 at the Pointe-Marie development on River Road. Both the overpass and Pointe-Marie locations will continue as normal, Magpie said on social media.
For now, Magpie downtown will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. More information can be found at facebook.com/magpiecafe.brla.
On Tuesday afternoon, TJ Iarocci, managing principal and CEO of Key Real Estate Company, which owns and manages The Commerce Building, released a statement about the space's future. As Magpie owners James and Lina Jacobs "prepare the next step for Magpie Cafe," Iarocci said, "The Commerce Building will be announcing plans for a new and exciting venture in this space that will also incorporate the rooftop commercial space as we continue to invest in the vibrant downtown community."
Davis Rhorer, executive director for the Downtown Development District, in another statement, also expressed confidence the space would be occupied soon. "Although we are sad to see Magpie Cafe discontinue a downtown location, we understand their personal reasons for doing so and wish them well," he said. "This announcement represents a natural evolution of commercial use and activity."
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It is with mixed emotions that we announce this Friday, June 14, will be the last day of operations for our downtown cafe. Magpie Overpass and Pointe Marie will continue with the same operating hours without change. We are so grateful to the the community for the support it has shown us since we opened the downtown cafe doors almost 3 years ago. We feel that a business and brand is a living breathing entity. As such, there is expansion and contraction. In 2015, expansion to a second cafe location seemed to be the right path for Magpie. We loved the experience and have no regrets. We are proud of the restaurant space we built, teams we assembled, and friends we made. Now in 2019, consolidation is the best way to provide the best experience to our team and our customers As Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in Life”. That is how Magpie was created over 7 years ago, and so it is today. Thank you! From the Magpie family, we hope that you are making an intentional effort to Live What You Love.