Pop & Pan, 1710 W. 18th St., announced the closure of its brick-and-mortar operation Friday on Facebook. The restaurant was a reimagined concept of Panini & Provisions by brothers Alex and David Colby that had opened in its new space last August.
Alex Colby said the business will continue to cater and fill bulk popcorn orders out of a temporary kitchen.
“That location required lots of foot traffic and us being on that inside corner, tucked behind the cleaners, of an already older shopping center with poor lighting and dated exterior was hard to maintain,” Alex said in an email.
The Pop & Pan team renovated and did its best to attract new customers. Alex said he appreciated the neighborhood for spreading the word, but in the end the operating cost of a full-service restaurant was too much.
“The thing was that about half our income came from outside catering, box lunch delivery, farmers markets and bulk popcorn orders,” Alex said. “We are continuing our catering and popcorn orders operating out of a temporary kitchen one of our good friends was kind enough to let us use.”
Pop & Pan has existing orders that will be fulfilled and is still taking catering and bulk popcorn orders through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
So while W. 18th location has reached its end, Pop & Pan continues.
“My brother and I and our team are strong and we are moving forward,” Alex said. “We need to go back and restructure our business model. We love our customers and cannot wait to start serving again. The memories and bonds that we built with the neighborhood will energize us as we pursue the next phase for Pop & Pan.”