Downtown Grass Valley cafe set to shut doors for good on Monday |

Downtown Grass Valley cafe set to shut doors for good on Monday

The Bank Street Cafe in Grass Valley will go out of business on Monday.

The store’s opening last summer was hailed for being the first in the retail space on the ground floor of the Gold Miners Inn Holiday Inn Express, in downtown Grass Valley.

Owner Barbara Hren could not be reached for comment, but an employee said the café has had problems with a grease trap that wasn’t installed correctly.

The hotel had not been “cooperating” in the repair of the problem, the clerk added.

Hotel General Manager Steve Young was unavailable for comment, according to a clerk at the inn, and a message for other management was not returned late Friday.

The store on Friday was offering 40 percent off on merchandise, and the sale was set to continue Saturday and Monday, the café’s employee added. It had offered a range of coffees and teas, breakfast and lunch items, and included many organic selections.

The presence of the Bank Street Café and another retail business at the hotel are part of the city’s effort to develop mixed-use buildings throughout the city’s commercial areas, in that case combining a large lodging operation with smaller retail establishments.

City officials have hoped the large hotel and its convention facilities would draw guests to other nearby businesses, bringing greater vitality to the historic area.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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