Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cup & Saucer

VANISHING

For the past few years, now and then, I'd hear a rumor that the Lower East Side's Cup & Saucer luncheonette was closing. I'd run down there to discover that it wasn't. And yet it always was. It's been a place to often worry about -- an entry in my What to Worry About list, rapidly dwindling.

Now, The Lo-Down gets word that the Cup & Saucer's days have come to an end.



They write: "The reason for the closure is a steep rent increase, to $15,000 per month including real estate taxes. The last day in business will be next Monday, July 17."

Once again, it wasn't lack of business. It wasn't "people don't go to diners anymore." It wasn't "trends are changing." It was the rent.

Once again, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act could've saved this one. Once again, here comes more high-rent blight. Once again, another waste. Another little piece of New York's heart ripped out.



I thought the place would go back in 2007 when a condo started rising across the street. But it hung on.

One of the last of the greasy spoons. One of the very last of the long lunch counters, the swivel stools, the antique signage, the fluorescent-lit doughnut case, the short-order cook slinging hash and singing quietly to himself in his native language.

Greek, I think.



We have only a few days left. And this one hurts.

7 comments:

Goggla said...

After the Stage closed, I've been kind of numb to all the shutterings, but this one still hurts. I loved to sit at the window with a book and plate of eggs. Felt like family in there. I hope they can reopen in the area.

traceyjackson@mac.com said...

Every day another heartbreaker.

Carmine said...

Oh boy! . . . typical and, not to mention, indicative. Wishing them good luck!

Richard Kuppersmith said...

I'm 62 and it really hurts to see the things that made this city unique disappear swallowed by greed !!

JanetheWriter said...

So sad to read about the demise of Cup & Saucer. A former docent at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, I used to pop in from time to time for a snack after a long day of talking to visitors at the synagogue. Sad...

Nicole Sylianteng said...

I went there this morning and heard they are moving to Ridgewood in Queens. The owner's brother who looks exactly like him has a diner there called Delight Diner. He will take over, unclear if under Delight or Cup & Saucer name.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Was always a comfort to see the Cup and Saucer on Canal Street, and I loved going in there for breakfast any old time. The rent raise was vicious. I hope the owners work things out in Queens, but Canal won't be the same without them.