Classic Coffee Becomes a Trendy Cafe Tailor Shop Hybrid

Posted on: March 26th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

On Hester Street, a beloved cafe goes from Classic to trendy.

Indeed, the Classic Coffee Shop, which closed last year after decades serving the Seward Park environs, has been reborn as a fancy cafe-cum-tailor shop. Former owner Carmine Morales relinquished 56 Hester Street to clothing designer Emily Adams Bode and her partner, furniture designer Aaron Aujla. The duo will keep it running in service to the neighborhood, yet in a slightly different way.

Bode Tailoring Shop, as it’s known, opens today as a hybrid coffee shop with a bank of sewing machines in the back. Gone is the classic storefront, completely whitewashed instead.

According to the New York Times, the endeavor is also intended as a resource for anyone with a textile conservation project or simple alteration need.

Until last December, the Classic Coffee Shop had been serving for over forty years. The location on Hester Street is one of the longest continually operated diners around here. Before Morales’ father inherited the business in 1976, it was also a diner by one Benny Steinberg.

The pandemic did affect business, but wasn’t the sole cause for closure. “[Morales] just thinks it’s time to go,” his brother Manny told us in a previous email.

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