Vega Tapas Cafe, the Spanish small plates restaurant in Old Metairie, has closed its doors after 21 years in business. Todd Price reports that owner Greg Francis closed the restaurant for its yearly, weeklong summer break, but did not reopen it.
Francis told Price that July and August, normally the restaurant’s most successful months, saw the revenue decrease by half. He could no longer afford to keep it open.
Francis, who purchased the business from Glen Hogh in 2015, is the third owner of the restaurant. Allison Vega-Knoll, who recently returned from living in the Caribbean to open Station 6 and become co-owner of Cajun Caviar, opened Vega Tapas in 1996. She sold it to Hogh in 2003.
Old Metairie has seen several new restaurants open lately, such as the popular South American steakhouse, Brasa Churrasceria, which is located just a few doors down from Vega Tapas.