What the Inside of the Gutted Cup & Saucer Looks Like Now
Cup & Saucer ended its decades-running tenancy at the northwest corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets back in July. Since then, the restaurant space has been a dormancy, with the only activity the removal of that classic signage and the installation of leasing banners. Now, all of it is gone.
Yesterday, however, provided a unique opportunity to peek inside the former luncheonette. One of the security gates was hoisted to reveal an unrecognizable sight. The old Cup & Saucer is basically a disaster area at this point. Furnishings and kitchen units were uprooted, and renovations of some sort are underway. The hood remains but everything else is torn apart. The Department of Buildings issued a permit for the work earlier this month.
As previously reported, Cup & Saucer fell victim to a wallet-busting rent gouge back in mid-July. The landlord hiked the monthly take nearly fifty-percent to $15,000 (plus real estate taxes). The business was under the same ownership since partners Nick Tragaras (also a cook) and John Vasilopoulos took over in 1988. Yet, the corner kitchen dates back some 77 years during its time as a Jewish luncheonette.
There were prior rumors of a revival nearby on Grand Street that have not come to pass. At least not yet.