I’m sad to report that Cary Long, owner of the unique and bizarre Nova Express Cafe in the Fairfax District, announced in an email over the weekend that he’s closing the doors after fifteen years due to financial difficulties:
The Nova Express Cafe has existed to make the claim that a unique artistic cafe is an important part of the cultural ecology of the modern urban landscape.
Essentially, Nova Express Cafe is an art project designed to explore the parameters of how a kind of art, based on the importance of community and generally motivated by an idea of fun, can function in society.
However, The Nova Express Cafe has existed outside the normal channels of either capital investment or art world patronage and now faces severe economic difficulties. The cafe will be closing Wednesday, March 5.
The last fifteen years have been a great romantic adventure! Thanks and goodbye!
LAist is reporting that the closure is also partly due to Long’s desire to pursue a career as a sculptor.