Did OWS Cause a Restaurant to Close? (Hint: Not Likely)

The rightwing Wurlitzer went into overdrive today with the news that a restaurant owner was blaming Occupy Wall Street for the closing of his restaurant, at a cost of some 91 jobs.

Milk Street Cafe, the restaurant whose business dried up in the face of the Occupy Wall Street barricades, is shutting down.

Thursday will be the last day for the 23,000 square-foot eatery that opened at 40 Wall St. in June, the Daily News has learned.

“It’s terribly sad,” Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein told the News.

Epstein blamed the barricades that remained in front of his restaurant even after the Occupy Wall Street protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park.

“This is now the 12th straight week of the barricades,” he said.

It’s a great story, dovetailing nicely into discussions of the law of unintended consequences or just providing one more excuse (as if one were needed) to punch the dirty, hate-the-rich hippies whose flagrant drum-circling has cost another 91 hard-working Americans their jobs.

Let’s for a moment ignore the fact that two-thirds of all new restaurants fail within three years, while 80% of new restaurants in New York close within five years. Let’s also ignore the fact that it was not the OWS protests but the police barricades that the owner cites as the cause.

Instead, let’s mosie on over to Milk Street Cafe’s Yelp page and see what we can find. Hmmm, two stars out of five, based on 17 reviews. And what do those review say? A few excerpts:

I have been here several times over the past month or so, and i’ve always been disappointed with the over-cooked, over-oiled, over-spiced food.

Also, the service is SO insanely slow.

I’ve left disappointed every time. They just opened, so hopefully they’ll pull their shi* together.


As it’s been said, it’s damn expensive. I couldn’t find anything in my price range… a parfait was $6. SIX BUCKS. At which point I said, damn, I’ll go broke and get a whole meal. Just because we work near Wall Street doesn’t mean we spend like big Wall Street guys.


Everything was nasty. Clearly, the money went into making the place look “Wall Street”, which is undoubtedly does. Everything is nice and shiny and it’s a big space. To me, that doesn’t matter if the food sucks… especially since I had no intention of dining in.


This meal undoubtedly gave me a low level of food poisoning, hence the real reason why I am writing this review.




I would give it no star except for the fact the place looks very clean so I’m giving it a star.


Food still sucks, owner is still crying that protests killed his business. Wake up and smell the reviews – your bad food, high prices and pathetic service killed your business…


Let me be blunt. This establishment provided me with the worst lunch I have ever eaten in the Financial District.


Milk Street is high prices for mediocre food.


And here it is, the best review I could find:

Over all it was average.

Finally, we come this comment, which may offer some insight into the sad fate of the Milk Street Cafe:

I am a resident of downtown manhattan and used to love this space when it was occupied by Mangia. The food at Mangia was amazing and I was quite dissspointed with Mangia did not renew thier lease with Trump as they coudnt agree to the price increases and decided to leave.

So the place was serving terrible food at sky-high prices while paying usurious rent to the man with the cotton candy hair-helmet. Yep, sounds like another casualty of those dirty, rotten, redistributionist hippies.

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One Response to Did OWS Cause a Restaurant to Close? (Hint: Not Likely)

  1. jonolan says:

    Yep. I got lunch from there one day – a buffalo chicken wrap. It sucked.

    The OWS rabble may have harmed some businesses, but not that one; they did themselves in. And whining about barricades in a neighborhood where 99% of customers are foot traffic unaffected by such barriers is just stupid.

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