Co-Owner Says Remodeled Cafe Mia Will Re-Open "Soon"
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 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.