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Jam for Bread Cafe: Closed

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Jam for Bread Cafe: Closed

John Francis | Apr 10, 2006 06:26 PM

A week ago Sunday I saw some deliveries piled up in front of the front door when Jam for Bread was supposed to be open. Now the place is empty to the walls.

This little cafe, with a jazz theme and live jazz on Sundays, was clearly a labor of love for its owner, who I believe is a former music teacher and who ran it with her sons. It never really looked like a success; I never saw more than a few people there, even for the jazz. When the Tazza cafe/bakery opened little more than a block north on Henry Street, that may have sealed its fate.

I hope the owner didn't put too much of her savings into JfB and cut her losses in time to protect herself. It's a tough business--I've read that 60% of new restaurants in NYC fail within a year--and it appears to be getting tougher in the area around Atlantic Avenue between Court and Henry Streets.

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