The current Cafe Brazil has been in its current spot since 1999. Before that, Steak ‘n Egg Kitchen was a 24-hour breakfast spot that stood there for at least 30 years.
Cafe Brazil’s new location originally was U-shaped with an open courtyard. The main door was toward the back of the courtyard and off the street, so when a card store, the first LGBT business in the spot, opened in the early 1980s, it was called Off the Street. That store moved several times before closing about 15 years ago.
The courtyard was enclosed in the 1990s before it became Mickey’s.
The current Cafe Brazil building will be torn down to become part of the Melrose Hotel expansion project. The hotel is trying to put together as much of the block as possible for its expansion project, but has no firm plans to begin construction.