If you want your oversized cinnamon roll, you'd best get it this weekend: The Mecca Restaurant will close its current location in Lakewood on Sunday, April 27, at 5 pm.
However, the owners are searching for a new and better home. "We are closing, and there won't be a new Mecca until we find a new location," confirmed Alicia Ramon, the manager on duty.
"The rent is a little too high here. Our rent tripled from the last place to this place."
Long revered for its breakfast and lunch as well as its massive cinnamon rolls, Mecca survived for decades on Harry Hines Boulevard, where it was a weekend fixture for many families.
But in August 2012, the restaurant moved to the current location at Skillman and Live Oak streets, claiming it couldn't survive on breakfast and lunch and needed dinner service in order to stay in business.
Mecca took over what is emerging as an increasingly doomed space, with failed concepts that include Molly McGuire's and Tipperary Inn.
"It seems like this location has bad luck," Ramon said. " We were hoping to prove otherwise."
In addition to something cheaper, they're looking for something cozier.
"We're going to downsize to something smaller," she said. "Something a little bigger than the store on Harry Hines but smaller than this. This space is huge."
Mecca still does catering, which can be ordered via the website, where a new location will be announced when they find one.