An Oak Park coffee shop that seemingly had more lives than a cat appears to have finally run out of second chances.
Lido's Caffe, 122 N. Marion, quietly closed for good over the weekend. All that was left of the small, independent café Monday was a sign in the window, announcing that the retail space is available for lease or purchase.
Co-owners and Berwyn residents Lido Petrucci and Louise Mihalik declined to comment when reached Monday, but confirmed that the business closed at the end of December.
Before opening back in August 2008, Petrucci poured more than $200,000 into the former furrier space, transforming it into a spiffy eatery, complete with flat-screen TVs and shiny hardwood floors. But business wasn't brisk, start-up costs were far greater than expected, and Lido's lost its safety net when Petrucci lost his job of 40 years in 2009.
The cafe was set to shut down in January 2010, but a last-minute loan from one of the owners' relatives brought them back from the dead. Owners said last February that they hoped the publicity from their first closing might carry them through troubled economic times.
Property owner Anthony Shaker said in a press release Tuesday that the storeowners were planning to file for bankruptcy liquidation shortly after the closure on Dec. 30. The landlord had started to terminate the lease before the café closed, and he has been marketing it with some interest for sale or lease, according to the press release.
Customers lamented the loss of Lido's on the café's Facebook page and at the online community, LiveHereOakPark.com.
"So sad to see this place go," "Krista" wrote on the site earlier this week. "Great coffee, lattes, gelato and specialty drinks."