It would seem that the Union Smith Café at 305 Smith Street has closed for good. The big gate to the outside dining area was closed on Tuesday afternoon and inside, chairs were placed on top of the tables and the lights were out. Reader and tipster Molly had more information in her email to PMFA.
"My 5 year-old declares the mac n' cheese at Union Smith the "best in the whole world," so he was dismayed to learn that it's closing. We went for dinner on Sunday and our waiter told us he was glad to have the chance to say goodbye to Henry (who is usually escorted by his grandmother), because the restaurant has been bought by a Manhattan-based restauranteur and will be closed for at least a month for renovations before opening as an Italian eatery. And my husband and I had just finished saying how much better the food seemed on Sunday than any of the other times we'd eaten there..."
No word yet on who the Manhattan-based restaurateur is. I will try to find out.
Union Smith Café replaced Sonny's Bar and Grill at that location in 2008. The café was closed temporarily by Health Department in June of this year.