LES Stalwart ‘Classic Coffee Shop’ Temporarily Closes for Renovations

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 at 5:13 am by
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Well, this certainly isn’t the best way to start the day.

The Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street, the authentic luncheonette mainstay in the neighborhood for decades, is currently closed for renovations. Temporarily, though. This, according to a computer printout pasted to the shuttered gate.

Despite the unease – these renovation notices are oftentimes a tactic to close without warning – we are told that the classic Classic should reopen next week.

Good thing. It’s the last of its kind around here; a real treasure.

The Classic Coffee Shop has been serving out of 56 Hester Street for forty years already. It’s owned and operated by Lower East Sider Carmine Morales. In fact, the location is presumably one of the longest continually operated diners around here. Before his father inherited the business in 1976, it was also apparently a diner by one Benny Steinberg.

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It’s also worth noting that Morales is up against a sea change in the area. In discussions at last week’s CB3 meeting about the Lowline muscling into the neighborhood, it was revealed by one board member that Morales is reportedly struggling to make ends meet. How the galleries, which he reportedly welcomed initially, are now detriment to the bottom line.

Check out this video from a few years ago. More to come…

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