The iconic Brazilian-American restaurant, the Coffee Shop, will close at the end of this week.
Located at 29 Union Square West, the popular late-night diner has been an NYC staple for nearly 30 years, and even appeared in “Sex and the City.” That said, all good things come to an end. The Coffee Shop will close its doors on Sunday, October 14.
According to the NY Post, the Coffee Shop’s co-owner, Charles Milite, says they are closing because “The times have changed in our industry.”
Like most restaurant closings we’ve heard about this year, it ends up coming down to the cost of rent, and employing 150 people is no easy task. Milite explained: “The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”
Aside from its iconic teal blue exterior and large red neon sign, the restaurant was also known for being a place that celebs and models frequented. However, while the Coffee Shop is closing, it is reported that their other restaurant, Flats Fix, will stay open for the foreseeable future.
Place: Coffee Shop
Where: 29 Union Square West
Hours: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m. Mon-Sat; 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun
(feature image source: The Coffee Shop/Facebook)