So long, Café Cito.

After three years in business, owner Dave Sherman announced on Facebook that the popular Hampden dining spot will cease operations at the end of this week.

“Café Cito is closing,” Sherman said in his message. “Our last service will be this Sat March 25. I would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for anyone who has worked at, delivered product, or come in for food. No words can describe our love for your support over these past 3 years.”

Located at 3500 Chestnut Avenue, and known for its Spanish-inspired cuisine and Stumptown coffee, Café Cito was the kind of place where diners might run into anyone from local hipsters off The Avenue to creative types from Mill Centre to Johns Hopkins University president Ron Daniels, who was something of a regular.

The café has been closed on and off over the last few weeks. Reasons included the snowstorm (March 14), plumbing problems/technical difficulties (March 5- 7) and showing support for the “Day Without Immigrants” strike (Feb. 16).

Last fall, Sherman opened a second venture called Ground & Griddled at R. House in Remington. In response to a question on Facebook about where he will land, he said that’s where he’ll be.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.