Union Square's Iconic Coffee Shop Is Closing After 28 Years

by Stephanie Maida · July 12, 2018

    Sad news for basic brunchers and late night munchers. Today it was announced that The Coffee Shop, the iconic bar/eatery/hangout of models, celebs, and cool NYU kids in Union Square would be closing come October.

    Known for its glittering after-hours crowd in the '90s, as well as stylish appearances on Sex and the City and in The Devil Wears Prada, the Brazilian-American hot spot has always been a favorite for satisfying our drunchies - and checking out the especially good-looking staff. After all, it was opened by a trio of Wilhelmina models: Charles Milite, Eric Petterson, and Carolyn Benitez (the wife of legendary DJ and NYC nightlifer John "Jellybean" Benitez).

    According to Milite, rising rent prices (and wages) are responsible for the impending closure. He told the New York Post, "The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees."

    Sigh. Another classic bites the dust. At least we have the rest of the summer to sit outside and drink the tears away.

    [Photo via @fashion_arch]