The tough times continue on the local restaurant scene. Pause Lounge & Kitchen in Roseville became the latest local eatery to shut down, closing for good over the weekend following just eight months in business. Pause, which specialized in artisanal cocktails and a menu that focused on small-plate items, closed temporarily in April to revamp its menu and change its decor. According to Lucas Elia, who co-owned Pause with brother Leyland Jacob, Pause never quite found its footing after closing the first time.
"We lost a lot of our crowd in that first round, and it would've taken too much time and money to bring them back," said Elia.
Pause Lounge & Kitchen joins a roll-call of recent restaurant closures that includes Brew It Up, Spin Burger, L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen and the midtown location of California Pizza Kitchen at 16th & L streets.
Elia said there's been initial talks from other restaurateurs in taking over Pause's space. In the meantime, Elia and his brother are interested in opening a cafe in the midtown/downtown area. The two were the former owners of Bloom Coffee & Tea in Roseville but sold their interest in the business, said Elia.