Cosmos Café to close its doors Jan. 13

Line outside Cosmos Cafe on a Saturday night in August 1999.
Line outside Cosmos Cafe on a Saturday night in August 1999. The Charlotte Observer

After more than 18 years in uptown Charlotte, Cosmos Café will close its doors Jan. 13.

Additionally, the Phoenix and Republic nightclubs, both also owned by Gus Georgoulias, will close.

The owners of 300 N. College St. have decided to sell and the spaces will be leased out to new tenants, Georgoulias said. Georgoulias confirmed there are no plans to reopen the restaurant and nightclubs in a new location.

Property records show the almost 1-acre site is owned by Ceres Properties, LLC, a firm of which Georgoulias is a partner.

Additionally, Bar Charlotte leases the space from the property group on a month-to-month basis. It’s unclear what will happen with the bar.

Cosmos, Phoenix and Republic will all host closing parties Jan. 9, Georgoulias said.

Georgoulias, who came to the U.S. from Greece in 1976, opened Cosmos in 1997 with his brother George Yeorgoulias and their friends Andy Kastanas, Tom Tsilimos and George Stergiou.

Cosmos opened as Charlotte’s first tapas restaurant. Its location at Sixth and North College streets at the time was considered off the grid for Charlotte restaurants. Its menu focuses on small plates of food and recipes from all over the world, or “the cosmos” in Greek.

The restaurant is well-known now for its salsa dancing and cocktails. Staff writer Ely Portillo contributed.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta