Beloved Bellevue, KY cafe closes its doors

Posted at 3:01 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 15:46:42-05

BELLEVUE, Ky. — Virgil’s Cafe, the Northern Kentucky restaurant that drew national media attention, has closed, according to its Facebook page.

A message posted Thursday by cafe owner Matthew Buschle states, “It is with heavy hearts that we let you know that Virgil’s Café has closed its doors. It has been a fantastic 6 ½ years & an honor to be a part of the Bellevue community.”

Buschle went on to thank vendors, guests and employees for their “lasting relationships” made throughout the years. The message also said that details concerning outstanding gift certificates and special offers would be posted in the near future. 

There was no reason given for the sudden closing.

Buschle’s cozy eatery on Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue received rave reviews as soon as it opened. Business boomed for Buschle in 2011 after celebrity chef Guy Fieri featured the cafe on his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

“I was sweating and taking a drink between takes,” Buschle said in a 2014 story spotlighting his career.

Virgil’s offered local, fresh ingredients on its menu, which offered brunch, sandwiches and local craft beer.  The restaurant grew some of its own produce and herbs and boasted that it made 90 percent of its product in house from scratch.

A message was left with Buschle seeking comment on the restaurant closing and future plans.