South African Restaurant Madiba Closes

(Photo by Justin Fox via Bklyner)

South African restaurant Madiba has closed its doors after 19 years at 195 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene.

In recent years, Madiba, which owner Mark Henegan described as a “political” restaurant, held protests against tuition hikes in South Africa, and made headlines when Henegan declared it a “toupee-free zone” after Donald Trump’s comments on Mexicans in 2015.

On Feb. 11, the chef and owner, a native of South Africa, held a farewell party and closing sale on restaurant items, reports Bklyner’s Pamela Wong in a roundup of four borough eateries now shuttered.

“We’ve seen a neighborhood change right in front of our eyes, which has resulted in the displacement of many residents who can no longer afford the growing rent or new mortgage costs, just as many small businesses along Dekalb Ave, who have had to relocate or close,” Henegan wrote in a message to the community.

Go to Bklyner to read more on Henegan’s plans going forward, the financial troubles Madiba faced in 2016, and the other three businesses in Brooklyn that have closed in recent weeks.

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