Cotton patch café in Brazil has announced it will close its doors in February, citing a growing public health crisis in the country.
The cafe, located in the capital, Brasilia, is owned by a family whose name has become synonymous with the cotton patch.
The cafe has also faced a wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric in recent months, and many people have come to expect a cafe run by the family to serve food and drink, said the cafe’s website.
The family had announced the closure earlier this year, but the cafe has been operating for nearly two decades, and has always had the right to operate, said owner Marisa Rodrigues.
“We have always worked together to make our cafe successful,” Rodrigues told Reuters.
“It’s time for us to move on.”
Cotton patches, or kava trees, are popular among Brazilians, but they are poisonous to humans and animals.
The tree has a strong taste and leaves are used to make kava tea.
In 2015, a local man named Paulo de Souza was killed by a kava tree, and the plant was banned from being planted in Brazil.