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Cafe Med set to close doors prior to Thanksgiving

Posted at 12:03 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 20:56:31-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A popular restaurant in Southwest Bakersfield is set to close its doors just before Thanksgiving.

Representatives from Cafe Med have confirmed with 23ABC that they will be shutting down for good on Wednesday, November 27. In a statement, the company detailed financial issues such as payroll and operation costs.

Cafe Med said that they will fulfill all existing Thanksgiving pick-up orders for customers. However, they confirmed they will be closed on Thanksgiving.

The business is located at 4809 Stockdale Highway in Southwest Bakersfield.

Below is the full statement from Cafe Med:

We officially decided about a week ago that we would be closing Cafe Med. We've been trying to figure out how we can still make it work, and stay open through the holidays for our employee sake. Unfortunately, we had no choice we had to take the next step.
With the rising financial cost of minimum wage we could not sustain the payroll cost and provide service and quality that people expect from Cafe Med. Operating costs also played into our final decision.

This coming Wednesday will be our last day open, Nov.27, 2019. All of our Thanksgiving pick up orders will be fulfilled for our customers. However, we will be closed Thanksgiving day.

We would love to be able to still do catering and private party events, and we are working to make that possible.
The next step for Meir Brown is still being determined as far as future ventures at this time.
After 28 years we are very sad that this had to happen and Meir is most concerned about his staff of over fifty employees that have become like family.
Meir does not own any other restaurants. However, he's leaving behind a outstanding legacy of a loyal following and amazing food.
Friday Night is our celebration for the community to attend. We have Lonely Avenue playing and a special blue grass band on Saturday as well.
Thank you so much to the Bakersfield community for all of your love and support over the last 28 years, we are going to miss serving you and your families.