|Hidden City Cafe in 2007. Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar|
Located in Point Richmond, California (Pixar's home before moving to Emeryville), the Hidden City Cafe is best remembered for its appearance in the WALL-E teaser trailer, wherein Andrew Stanton explains its significance in Pixar lore. It's also been winked at in Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2.
The reason for the closure? Recall Gusteau's in Ratatouille? Precisely. Remy's extended family members decided to get into the restaurant biz! Everything would have been fine had they worn their little chef's hats and not defecated in the kitchen.
Fan site This Day in Pixar, which first reported the story, has a photograph of the notice from the Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Health Division, dated May 4, 2012.
Ordered by the county to cease operations until the rodent situation (and a plumbing issue) was resolved, the cafe closed its doors for good. That—rat jokes aside—is pretty sad.