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Two December Cafe Closings

Electric Eye & Oasis

by Sabine Bickford

From the January, 2019 issue

Electric Eye Cafe on N. Main closed abruptly in December, giving short notice and few clues as to why. When one patron surmised that the difficult location and sparse parking at N. Main and Depot made it hard to draw in customers, an Instagram comment by the indie cafe's account seemed to say other forces were at work: "definitely brought in enough people. That's why some big suit money bags bought the place and my partners sold us out."

Launched in September 2017 by Keelan Ferraiuolo and Rachel Pell, the cafe featured a rotating selection of local coffee brands. It's unclear if Pell was still involved with the cafe at the time of its closing. Another, more cryptic comment on the store's Facebook page reads, "the story is multi layered and involves two separate story arcs, three key players, general apathy and a ghost." No one from Electric Eye could be reached at press time.


No sooner had we written about Oasis Cafe in December than it closed for the season. A sign on the door says it will be back in the spring.


Got a retail or restaurant change? Email or leave voicemail at (734) 769-3175 x 330.     (end of article)

[Originally published in January, 2019.]


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