The Mediterranean spot will serve its last meal this Saturday.
Patrick Jean — who was named manager 6 months ago — spoke frankly tonight about the owner’s decision to end operations.
“Downtown is dying,” he says. “The reason is simple: rents. Landlords want more and more money. It’s harder and harder for a small business today.”
Boca — with a commanding view of the river and a menu featuring food and wine from the coastal regions of France, Italy and Spain — is the latest in a string of Main Street casualties.
Nike, Ann Taylor and Allen Edmonds — all neighbors of Boca — have already announced plans to leave.
“A lot of people are very sad,” Jean says. “They like our food. And it’s very easy parking.” Fourteen employees — in the kitchen and dining room — will lose their jobs.
What will come next?
“Another empty space,” Jean says.