The Bywater Hideout Cafe and crepe hub has closed its doors, according to a reliable Eater tipster. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page also announced the closure — and added that the beloved gray “shop cat” Waffles is up for adoption.
The Bywater Hideout started as a crepe cart in the French Market in January 2015 before owners Tracy Kish and Samantha Saliter expanded the business to include to a brick and mortar version in November 2016, originally called The Crepe Place, on Poland Avenue in the Bywater. The cafe was pet-friendly “no matter the species,” and Waffles the cat roamed the shop.
The crepe spot was “the quintessential Bywater haunt, and the neighborhood’s crunchy aesthetic is mirrored in the spot’s laissez faire vibe,” the Gambit’s Helen Freund said in a review last February. She also noted a run-in with Waffles: “A gray kitten sat next to me, and his glances at the bacon on my plate reinforced the feeling that I was eating lunch in somebody’s living room.”
The menu included both vegan and gluten-free versions of the popular crepes, plus French Truck Coffee.
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