Buenas Noches La Mancha on Atlantic Avenue; French Bistro on the Way?

Posts on restaurant review site Chowhound about the demise of La Mancha [135 Atlantic Avenue] appear to be true.

Cobble Hill Blog’s EJ confirms the veracity of commenter “Steve R” who posted:

Just thought I’d use this old thread as an opportunity to say goodbye to my local hangout, as Jose closed the place this past Sunday. I’ll miss the sardines, the tripe and the company (not necessarily in that order). And the Atlantic Antic will not be the same.

Prompted by EJ, Mr. R spilled the beans about the next eatery to open in that space:

The lease is being taken over by a young (in his 30s?) guy who plans to open a French bistro there in about 3 months. Met him the other day while he was inside cleaning the place.

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  • Heightsguy

    We get Shake Shack instead of La Mancha? oy.

  • stuart

    Buenas noches y ahoras que?
    Algo bueno ojala.

  • CrankyOne

    Oh no… I really loved that place. ::-(

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/13189502@N02/ Eddyenergizer

    Didn’t they “go out of business” like five times already?

  • Bongo

    Best sardines this side of the Atlantic (ocean, not avenue)

  • Steve R.

    Hey, that’s me you’re quoting!

    re:Eddyenergizer’s comment. No. The La Mancha that was on the corner of Henry and Atlantic many years ago closed & then those owners moved down the block and changed its name to Meson Flamenco. That stayed in business for several years, then closed. Jose bought the place 6 or so years ago and named it La Mancha, not knowing the previous owners had it as the original name. He was surprised when all the old guys came in to play dominoes, thinking it re-opened yet again.

  • Steve R

    This blog ain’t big enough for two “Steve R’s” ;-)

    So henceforth and forever I will be known as “Steven R”

  • Steve R.

    Ok… your choice. But I always thought that the period after the R in mine made it easy to distinguish one from the other :-)

  • Master Of Middagh

    Oh, that’s a shame. That was a pretty keen place.

  • Jean L.

    We’ve been out of town for a week and a half, and walked by La Mancha last night. I am so, so sad that it has closed! We went there to eat a few weeks ago – very early on a Sunday, and it was closed – which I thought was odd, but thought it was just a fluke. Jose is the best and if anyone knows how to contact him, please let me know!

  • Nick BC

    I’ll miss Jose and La Mancha–it had a fantastic neighborhoody vibe. I wonder when they’ll open the new tapas bar on Montague street?

  • Katrink

    Oh what a shame. We were just there in November and had such a lovely meal. Jose always greeted us like family. Any idea why he closed? Any chance he’ll open a new place elsewhere?