Jan. 2, 2017 By Christian Murray
A long-time Astoria night club has closed after being in business for almost 18 years.
Cavo, located at 42-18 31st Avenue, shut its doors permanently Sunday after hosting its New Year’s bash that it promoted as ‘The Last Dance.”
The club historically attracted people in their 20s and 30s of all different backgrounds. “We targeted everyone and it was a little bit like the United Nations,” said Dino Philippou, a co-owner and Astoria native.
The club’s lease had come to an end and the owners decided not to renew it, claiming that rents were rising and that there were signs the business was about to slow down.
Philippou said it was a shame that they closed but he felt the timing was right.
“The nightlife business has changed,” Philippou said.
“People have more gadgets and can listen to music at home and start conversations with someone on a phone,” Philippou said. “A date can start with a conversation on a phone. There are lots of apps.”
The club had a restaurant arm serving modern Greek cuisine for many years. It operated the restaurant through July 2015.
With the closing of Cavo, Philippou said he plans to start a new business. He said it is most likely going to be an Astoria-based eatery.