Anita Lo Is Closing Her Landmark Restaurant Annisa After 17 Years

Anita Lo is closing Annisa because she cannot keep up with real estate taxes

Anita Lo had no choice, it seems, when it came to closing her restaurant.

Another New York city culinary icon will be shutting its doors. Anita Lo’s award-winning West Village standby, Anissa, will be closing this spring. After 17 years in operation, Lo said she had been unable to keep up with an $80,000 increase in real estate taxes. Along with the increase in minimum wage, the deficit has been too much to bare.

“I always wanted to have a restaurant that takes care of its employees, and I felt like we did that for many years,” Lo told The New York Times. “But I can’t do that anymore.”

Lo said she had no immediate plans to open a second restaurant and would take a “much-needed break” and work on publishing a new cookbook.


Annisa — which is widely considered a Michelin snub — is not the first restaurant in New York to suffer consequences at the hands of rising rent and real estate prices. Wylie Dufresne’s Alder and wd~50 closed due to lease issues, and even Danny Meyer couldn’t keep up with rising rents with his iconic Union Square Café, which closed and reopened in a new location last year.