After eight years in business, MTK Cafe will close in October. The space won't sit vacant long, as a longtime Montauk business has plans to open a second location there.
Diana Katsipis said she sold the building at 779 Montauk Highway, in the heart of downtown Montauk, to the owners of Naturally Good Foods & Cafe in April.
The 99-seat restaurant will remain open through Columbus Day weekend, when Andrea Mavro and Lauren Katz plan to begin renovations on the space.
"I've been trying to sell it for years," Katsipis said of the building. According to CurbedHamptons, it originally hit the market in February 2012 for $1.5 million.
Katsipis made no big announcement of her plans to shut down. "I'm going to miss the people," she said, though she said it was time to retire. She will remain in Montauk, though. Her husband runs another business, No Holiday Painting.
Naturally Good, a health food store that sells organic produce and groceries, cosmetics, vitamins and herbs, as well as a full service breakfast and lunch menu, has been in existence for 30 years, but Mavro and Katz bought the business five years ago, Katz said. It is located at 38 S Etna Avenue.
"We're really excited," about the expansion, she said.
She said they outgrew the current space, but don't have plans to give it up. They will run the main operation out of the new space, and sell juices, smoothies and quick grab-and-go sandwiches from the S Etna location, Katz said.
"Our goal is to be open by April," she said of the MTK Cafe location.