After Less Than 3 Months, Medusa's Cafe Closed, For Sale

Medusa's Cafe, which opened for business in Salem in September, is now closed.

A sign up in the front window of Medusa's Cafe on Washington Street in Salem.
A sign up in the front window of Medusa's Cafe on Washington Street in Salem.

After less than three months in business, Medusa's Cafe is now listed for sale.

Medusa's Cafe owners Chrysanthy Prousalis and Nick Solomos, of Peabody, spent months renovating the interior of the former Taste of Thyme space on Washington Street, even adding decorative Grecian columns before they opened in September.

Customers looking to stop in for lunch last week were greeted by a notice posted on the front door announcing that the business had been closed per court order.

The Somerville-based developer RCG is now looking for a new tenant, according to a sign posted in the business' front window. Interested parties can call RCG at 978-740-0006.

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. 

Did you stop by Medusa's Cafe when it was open? What did you think? 

What would you like to see move in at this location? 

Let us know in the comments section below.
melas December 12, 2013 at 02:31 AM
I offer free consulting to any restaurant owners. Your friends tell you only what you want to hear.
melas December 12, 2013 at 02:50 AM
I never got to try it. However, even a bad restaurant should last at least 6 months with good advertising. We need a good BREAKFAST only joint, an alternative to RED'S. Red's is ok, but over-rated. Red's is more of a local tradition and all of the "awards" on the wall work like a subliminal self-fulfilling prophecy. How to beat Red's 1. Put real butter on toast, not margarine. 2. Use glasses, not plastic cups. 3. Don't mix a 1700's antique building with 1970's wall paper and 1980's oak Wainscoting. 4. Use ventilation so I don't smell like an omelet all day long. 5. Go for quality over quantity. Don't get to creative with the name, just call it Charlie's Breakfast.
David H December 12, 2013 at 07:30 AM
A real shocker. This place offered nothing out of the ordinary with terrible service. The breakfasts were low mediocre at best and service with a sneer… The owners of the Lynde Street Grille should re-open here. That was a real loss their closing. Best breakfast in Salem.
David H December 12, 2013 at 07:32 AM
I completely agree with Melas on what works.
We loved Medusa's and Nick's great energy! So sorry that it didn't work out for them. We know that they invested a lot of time and energy. We wish them well and are sad to see them go!
KMT December 12, 2013 at 08:30 AM
There's always Maria's on Jefferson Ave for Breakfast though it is a tad off the beaten path. I agree on the good breakfast place though. We love Deb's Diner but it's hours are so odd.
Steve December 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Anytime I get a hankering for something like chicken and waffles, I have to drive to Muskogee. I'd have bet they would not be so out if business if they gave free foot massages.
Someone in Salem December 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Fountain Place has a great breakfast!
Smile December 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Fountain Place had a great breakfast. When it was that young couple that is when it was a great breakfast. I have never been back.
Chris Helms (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 01:04 PM
My wife and I found the service outstanding. The hashbrowns had a nice kick to them. Restaurants are a tough business. I wish the owners luck in whatever comes next.
Jes December 12, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I agree with Melas as well. Who knows if they had a good business consultant and business plan in place? Even with that there could be problems. Three months? Something was also not right with the name. Sad to see it happen.
Wendy December 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Closed due to court order has to do with more than service and food.
Keep Salem Trashy! December 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
so bummed about this. after all that work...and i heard good things..Bet they ran into problems, went over on construction and then hit the dead season. RCG should have worked with them let them get on their feet instead they probably felt they could reap the benefit of that brand new build out and lease to someone new for more money - callous. I hope I'm wrong -but I really doubt it.
Fred Votta December 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Oh Well another vacancy, then when a new? business opens the Mayor will tout "once again" the rebirth of the downtown community. NEVERMIND the openings WHY are they closing ???? Maybe the Mayor can find grant money i.e. (taxpayers money) where it began to fund another position to get answers on why?? Years ago most of the Salem downtown establishments were there for 50 plus years..Has it gotten better ?? Where is the stability??? So what if the bond rating went up...look at the condition of the city....Salem "neighborhood families are leaving...Put out statistics on how long have you lived in Salem???Good for the newcomers...not so good for the long term families.....
Harry Barker December 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I agree with David H: " The breakfasts were low mediocre at best and service with a sneer…" I visited once for breakfast; was the only person at a table and there was one person at the counter. The only person in sight was a teenager who didn't even acknowledge me. Two girls came in and he spent the next 20 minutes chatting with them. Finally he brought me a menu and asked for my drink order. I asked for iced tea and he said they only had bottled tea in their cooler. I opted for iced water which never arrived at the table. The menu was shockingly bare and had very few breakfast dishes. The kid ignored me after that and didn't even show up at the table to take an order. I got up and walked out. I knew this joint would not survive. Three months is longer than I expected.
Edward December 14, 2013 at 07:13 PM
@Fred Votta - I've been saying the same thing for months. The mayor should find out why these businesses (restaurants, retail, etc.) are closing.
Keep Salem Trashy! December 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
simple high rent high utilities not enough customers...
ken December 14, 2013 at 09:24 PM
As Wendy said, a notice on the door that it is closed by a court order makes all of this moot. No need to blame the mayor as usual or talk about the good old days. And a court wouldn't shut you down because you owe creditors. If the business closes the creditors never get a dime.
ken December 14, 2013 at 09:31 PM
We did have a good alternative to Red's. It was called Taste of Thyme and we used to go there every week.
Keep Salem Trashy! December 15, 2013 at 04:34 AM
rcg got a court order to evict them
Keep Salem Trashy! December 15, 2013 at 04:34 AM
for not being able to pay their rent
Kalesy December 16, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I used to go to Fountain Place for a good breakfast before it was sold to the current owners. But two very bad experiences (of the stomach bug variety) have turned us off from there. I'd love to see a superior breakfast place go in the Taste of Thyme location again too.
melas December 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Taste of Thyme was decent. The name was a bit too ambiguous, especially for tourists. We need an old fashioned, solid breakfast place. It should be called: Charlie's Breakfast. Don't get too fancy with the name.
marsille December 30, 2013 at 02:47 PM
90% of restaurants fail in their first year. It has nothing to do with the Mayor or Salem.
Keep Salem Trashy! December 30, 2013 at 08:17 PM
90% of statics are made up.Wouldn't we notice if 9 out of 10 restaurants were closing there doors the 1st year? Restaurants have about the same failure rate as any other small business.
Edward December 30, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I noticed a new restaurant that will open soon, the signs are up, apparently went up last week, but it hasn't opened yet. It is Norinds (hope I have that right) Roast Beef and Pizza, it's on Traders Way in the same building housing Peoples United Bank, it's situated between Liberty Tax and QCuts.


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