Via Brooklyn Based, word that Bonita on Bedford Avenue is closing on August 15. According to BB, the Diner crew has always had a contentious relationship with their landlord, and has been hampered by the fact that they can’t get a full liquor license for the space (its next to a church).
I lived on that block of Bedford all through the 90s, moving out a few months before Bonita opened. Bonita was one of the early new Southside establishments, and definitely one of the restaurants that supports my theory on the general superiority of the Southside dining experience.
No word on whether Mark and Andrew plan to reopen Bonita in a new location – I certainly hope so.
On the good news side – BB also reports that Pies ‘n’ Thighs is finally set to begin construction on their new Driggs and South 4th location, and that the founding chef of Diner and Marlow & Sons is teaming up with the chef at Egg to open a new restaurant in the former Cheeks bakery on Metropolitan and Havemeyer.