Looking Back at Classic Coffee Shop on the Eve of its Closure

Posted on: December 24th, 2020 at 5:03 am by

Photo: Classic Coffee Shop

Today marks the final day of business for the Classic Coffee Shop, a cozy luncheonette that’s kept the neighborhood fed for decades.

As reported, the lease on 56 Hester Street expires this month, and owner Carmine Morales decided to retire. And insists that there is no rent hike or foul play here.

The pandemic has affected business, yes, but “he just thinks it’s time to go.”

“The landlords of the building have been the owners since my father took over the store in 1976 and have been wonderful to both my father and [Carmine],” his brother Manny tells us in an email.

Carmine and his father, Photo: Classic Coffee Shop

Morales shared several photos of the cafe through the decades.

The Classic Coffee Shop has been serving for over forty years. The location is one of the longest continually operated diners around here. Before his father inherited the business in 1976, it was also a diner by one Benny Steinberg.

All photos courtesy of Carmine Morales.

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