News Caffe Dante shuts its doors after 100 years of service in the Village Caffe Dante has closed its doors. Photo Credit: Ivan Pereira By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated March 23, 2015 8:58 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Another longtime Big Apple institution has met its end. Caffé Dante, the Italian eatery at 79-81 MacDougal St., shut its doors Monday after 100 years of business. The closure came after weeks of speculation over its future after the owner, Mario Flotta, denied reports that its days were numbered. The boarded up store had a handwritten note, according to Gothamist, that told customers that "we look forward to serving you, starting later this spring," with no other explanation. Calls to the store yielded no response. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.