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LA MESA -- In a sign of the challenges posed by the city's reconstruction of La Mesa Boulevard, Cosmos Coffee Cafe, a long-time business in the Village, closed its doors today.
Ari Bejar, Cosmos' owner, said the closure is, perhaps, temporary but for at least the foreseeable future the popular coffee shop will be shuttered.
"The construction project just killed us over the last year,'' Bejar said. "Everybody's gotten paid, but I didn't. I just had to make a tough decision for now.''
The reconstruction of the avenue clearly had an impact as the street and sidewalks were demolished. Even though the work progressed quickly by construction standards, the long-term drain on avenue businesses clearly hit the bottom line. Cosmos, which lost a magnificent tree and its outside patio to the project (see photo above), was particularly challenged by the transition to a new, more modern avenue.
Bejar said he is taking steps to see if the employees would like to assume ownership and reopen the location, but that has not been determined yet.
Word of the closure spread quickly among its many patrons. The Sam Johnson Trio, a jazz standards band that has filled Cosmos on most Friday afternoons, informed its fans that the Friday gigs are over for now.
"This gig was never a money maker for us (we made a few $ for gas),'' Sam Johnson posted on his Facebook page. "We enjoyed our audience and the ambiance and just jamming on a Friday afternoon.''