A West End restaurant is among the latest coronavirus business casualties.
Caturra on Grove at 5811 Grove Ave. has permanently closed. Owner Rob Slotnick said the restaurant couldn’t find a way forward in the new business landscape the pandemic created.
“Going into COVID, business was OK. But it wasn’t great,” Slotnick said. “I felt I’d have to completely rebrand to have a shot (and) I felt that wouldn’t be a good investment at this time.”
Among the challenges was the restaurant’s bar setup, which didn’t lend itself to distanced indoor dining, he said.
The restaurant temporarily closed in March per public health guidelines and remained closed until the decision was made to close for good.
Caturra first opened as Cafe Caturra in 2007. Slotnick was originally an investor who later came to own the restaurant about eight years ago.
There were other Caturra locations in Charlottesville and Midlothian over the years as well, which have also since shut down. The Midlothian location was recently taken over by a local restaurateur for his fourth Mexican eatery.
Caturra’s exit also creates another hole in the Grove Avenue commercial strip, which has seen several businesses leave in recent months. La Grande Dame closed its doors, and the nearby Starbucks also shuttered.