City Cafe, a breakfast and lunch fixture in downtown Indianapolis for the past 15 years, has closed, co-owner Brad Royal announced this week on the restaurant’s Facebook site.
Royal said he and his wife, Nancy Royal, decided to close the 58-seat eatery at 443 N. Pennsylvania St. because of an ongoing health issue.
“With heart wrenching sadness, Nancy and I have decided to close City Cafe,” he wrote this week. “We are so sorry to tell you that [Sept. 23] was our last day of business. For the last six months, I have been dealing with progressively worsening, severe lower back pain."
Royal said he was warned by doctors that he risked permanent nerve damage if he continued working at the restaurant, but he is hoping to reopen at some point in the future.
“We're planning to take some time to heal and come back better than ever, hopefully in about a year,” he said. “Keep checking here for updates on when we'll be back.”
The Royals moved from Texas to Indianapolis in 2000 to take over the Petite Grill. Not long afterward, they overhauled the restaurant, added a new menu featuring more fresh, locally sourced food, and renamed the business City Cafe.