A decades-old Upper East Side restaurant announced its closure on Facebook yesterday. Mon Petit Cafe explained, "[T]he climate for small business like ours in New York City has become a crushing force."

The cozy bistro, at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 62nd Street, was a destination for residents, as well as shoppers from Bloomingdale's and office workers in the area—including myself, when I worked in the neighborhood in the late 1990s. It wasn't fancy, it was just homey and had tasty food.

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A few years ago, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "Mon Petit Café is one of those places you can learn about by lingering near the door. As diners leave they'll volunteer: 'It's really good!' Or in discussions with each another, they'll be commenting on the delicious meal they were just served."

Here's the restaurant's full letter on Facebook:

It is with very heavy hearts that we inform the community that Mon Petit Café has closed after 32 years in business. We are so deeply grateful to all of our customers, many of whom have been with us since we opened our doors in 1984.

It has been our family’s (and extended family of staff’s) way of life to run our little restaurant and serve favorites like croque monsiers, quiche and steak au poivre every day (closing just on Christmas day every year). MPC’s owner Daniele raised her children behind these windows and managed even to stay afloat in 1990 after the passing of her husband/business partner. Her eldest, Alessandra, stayed on and eventually filled the empty shoes of co-owner with her mom.

Nevertheless, the climate for small business like ours in New York City has become a crushing force. Mom-and-pop stores of all kinds are now an endangered species in our city. Small business are all but disappeared in our neighborhood, giving way to massive Duane Reades, banks and Starbucks on seemingly every corner. Despite our best efforts to keep MPC alive, our reality is that we carried on “in the red” for quite some time.

With each closing door, is the beginning of a new chapter. If you miss us as much as we miss you, good news: we will come to you! Alessandra is now concentrating her efforts on her catering and private chef business. Keep in touch and email her at alessprivatechef@gmail.com.

Our most sincere thanks once more to all of our patrons. We hope you will remember us, and think fondly upon this corner each time you pass as we will do.

Ricky Gervais was upset at the news: