After 12 years on Main Street, Old Town Café closes permanently

Old Town Cafe has closed its doors forever. Staff bid farewell in a letter posed on the windows. Photo by Charles M. Kelly

Old Town Café Seal Beach is permanently closed.

A farewell letter from the “Old Town Café Team” now appears in each of the two windows at the front of the popular eating place.

It was common to see patrons waiting patiently on the sidewalk, waiting to be seated inside the cafe.

The farewell letter was not dated and was not there when the Sun first received calls, text messages, and emails asking what had happened.

“It is with great sadness that we regret to share with you the permanent closure of our beloved Old Town Café,” the letter said.

“Unfortunately, for reasons that are out of our control we are obligated to make the decision to close down the establishment,” the letter said.

“We’ve had the honor and pleasure of serving our Seal Beach community and family for the past 12 years, since December 1st, 2011,” the letter said.

“We want to extend our gratitude and thank each and every one of you for allowing our family to become part of yours throughout these last years. For celebrating your special occasions with us. For coming in and sharing your stories with us. These are all anecdotes we will hold dearly forever in our hearts,” the letter said.

“Many of you have become family and it was unbearable for us to share the news in person as we all don’t do well with goodbyes and the decision has been one of the most difficult ones we’ve had to make. Try to stay out of trouble, until next time,” the letter said.

“Please feel free to stay in touch with us or send us your goodbyes via email,” the letter said.

The email address provided was:

“Forever grateful,

“Old Town Café Team

“Lez, Jasmin, Jackie, Nathaly, George, Any, Lulu, Carla, Mario, Jesus, Cynthia, Lourdes, Diana, and Daisy,” the letter said.

Old Town Café isn’t the only local business that has recently closed. Sunday, Jan. 7, was the last day for Station 17. The little shop held a 50% off sale before closing its doors.