ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Two popular restaurants and bars closed their doors for good; Scalett O’Hara’s and Dos Gatos. For Scarlett, this business has been around for over 50 years. The company braved hurricanes and tried to stay open when the pandemic started. There is a letter at the restaurant’s front gate explaining why the businesses are closing.
It reads in part: “Rising costs, the prolonged impact of the pandemic on travel and the natural change in guest tastes have won the day.”
For Pete Melf, Scarlett O’Hara was good food, good drinks and good company. He hosted trivia game nights there in 2019. He described the business as one of the most important things in town.
“You missed out on meeting a lot of great locals because it was such a great place to hang out with the locals for a long time and then you just missed a lot of fun,” Melfi said.
There is an empty store on the corner of Hypolitana and Cordova. The lights and TVs are off, the chairs are stacked, and there was no customer in sight. Melfi said she has lived in St. Augustine all her life. He recalled how there was traffic on the street every night. He said the place was alive.
“It’s definitely weird to see it like this,” Melfi said.
The owners posted on Facebook that they were reaching out to other restaurants to help employees find other jobs.