Washington Square Cafe & Baking Company has been sold and will permanently close on Sunday, April 16th.

“The Washington Square Cafe has sold! Our last day of business will be Sunday, April 16th, 2017. We want to thank all of you for making our business a success. A true spirit of community thrived and was nutured here.We hope that spirit carries forth wherever we all go! Godspeed!,” Phillip Sardella and Ed Baptista, owners of Washington Square Cafe announced on Facebook this week.

Sardella and Baptista purchased the cafe (then known as Jonathan’s Cafe) at 22 Washington Square in 2014, since then they have offered baked goods, coffee pastries breakfast and lunch items.

The  3,000 square foot full-service restaurant has been on the market since approximately June 2016, The business opportunity was listed for sale at $179,000 from the current operator plus lease of the real estate space from the landlord starting at $4,400/month plus escalators and common area maintenance.

Future plans for the property are currently not being made public at this time.

This is the latest change of many for Washington Square. Back in December, Stone Acre Pantry announced they were planning to open in the former Yesterday’sthe former St. Joseph’s Rectory was sold for $1,062 million in February 2017 and of course the Opera House Theater is planning on reopening this December.

This story will be updated as more information is received.

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