Today is Your Last Chance to Eat at ‘Cup & Saucer’ Before it Vanishes [Updated]
Cup & Saucer vanishes today after nearly thirty years serving at the corner of Eldridge and Canal Streets. Blame the landlord for the steep rent gouge, increased to a purported $15,000 (plus covering real estate taxes) for renewal.
Update: the Diner seems to have closed a day early. It did not open for business today.
It’s a watershed moment, and another nail in the coffin of old Lower East Side. This place serves all strata of the community, “Giving the people of New York quality food, fast delivery, and great customer service,” as its website prominently touts. The business has been 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.
Meanwhile, there are rumblings that Tragaras and Vasilopoulos will reopen Cup & Saucer elsewhere in the neighborhood. However, as we’ve seen time and again, places are part of establishments’ identities. Simply removing all that was special and opening in a new spot does not guarantee success or that customers will follow. The feel cannot be replicated, and the anecdotal success rate proves it.
That being said, we hope they can relocate Cup & Saucer nearby…