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Nova Express Cafe to Close This Week

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It's a sad day week for those who frequent Fairfax Village, for those who need a late-night nosh alternative to Canter's Deli, or for those who love some vegan pizza -- Nova Express Cafe announced (letter below) that they are closing their doors this Wednesday at 2 a.m. (not be too confusing, that would officially be Thursday, 3 hours in).

According to Cary Long, the owner of the Sci-Fi 15-year-old establishment, the location will soon be an Italian sandwhich shop, minus the aliens, blacklights, comics, toys, art and music. Financial difficulties are the cause and a direction in Long's life may have made the transition a little easier -- he is pursuing a career as a sculptor.

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To that, he says, "if I make it as a successful artist, I will try to get another Nova up."

Earlier on LAist
-- Late Night Eats: Nova Express Cafe
-- The Neighborhood Project: Fairfax Village
-- LAist's Late Night Eats Series

E-Mail from Nova Express Cafe to blast list


The Nova Express Cafe has existed to make the claim that a unique artistic cafe is an important part of the cultural ecology of the modern urban landscape. Essentially, Nova Express Cafe is an art project designed to explore the parameters of how a kind of art, based on the importance of community and generally motivated by an idea of fun, can function in society.

However, The Nova Express Cafe has existed outside the normal channels of either capital investment or art world patronage and now faces severe economic difficulties. The cafe will be closing Wednesday, March 5.

The last fifteen years have been a great romantic adventure! Thanks and goodbye!