"It’s impossible to say how many special moments have been shared and memories made on the patio under Backstreet Cafe’s beautiful spreading camphor tree. ... Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye to their lovely tree," an announcement for the restaurant reads. "She is sick, and owners Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega have had to make the difficult decision to have the tree removed."
Removal begins Jan. 18, which will give patrons a few days to visit the cafe and its patio one more time before the tree is gone.
According to the announcement, Vaught and Ortega hope to repurpose the wood from the tree into a special creation. A new tree will be planted in its place. www.backstreetcafe.net