Tea Lounge is closed! Writers, idlers depressed and in need of coffee

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For South Slope coffee drinkers, the glass isn’t half empty — it’s totally gone.

The original branch of the legendary coffee house, the Tea Lounge, closed on July 25 — six days before the java hut was scheduled to shutter due to a rent dispute with its landlord.

Owner Greg Wolf told The Brooklyn Paper in May that he opted to close the Seventh Avenue location of his three-lounge chain when his landlord doubled the rent.

But the early closing hit caffeine-craving Slopers hard last Friday morning.

“It was an important place for the neighborho­od,” said Patricia Plumette, a regular. “They were such nice people.”

The popular spot, known for its dingy couches and sassy baristas, drew a wide swath of South Slope mommies, daddies, post collegiates, and laptop-toting writers alike.

Now the shop’s dedicated clientele are looking for new places to find their fix.

“It’s just sad,” said a woman who gave her name as Caroline. As she spoke on Friday, she sipped a coffee purchased at a nearby bodega while sitting on one of the outdoor benches that were still outside the Tea Lounge. Before the Friday closure, she said she bought a Tea Lounge coffee most days on her way to work.

“I guess I’ll just have to get my coffee in the city now,” she said.

Other Tea Loungers have already turned to Naidre’s, a café on Seventh Avenue between 11th and 12th streets, a barista at the eatery said.

The other two Tea Lounges — one on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, and the other on Court Street near Kane Street in Carroll Gardens — will remain open.

Wolf’s landlord, Georgina Tufano, told The Brooklyn Paper that the Tea Lounge’s closing “had nothing to do with a rent increase.” She said the closing related to “other terms” on the lease — but she declined to say what those terms were.

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Former Brooklynite from Originally, Prospect Heights says:
And where will all the nannies go with their screaming and out-of-control charges? Where will all the groups of moms with their over-indulged progeny go to play, read stories and lie underfoot while customers try to just buy a cup of tea? What will happen to the Tea Lounge which became a daytime daycare center? Maybe it will be replaced by a place where people can go to get a cup of tea and be able to sit undisturbed by the screaming of little brats!
July 26, 2008, 1:18 am
Ugh from Park Slope says:
FBfO,PH: Until a new tenant inhabits the place, can me and my nanny friends come to your apartment? You sound like a lot of fun.
July 27, 2008, 8 pm
zee from Prospect Heights says:
The photo looks like the location further down 7th Ave, not like the one on Union. Unless they're both closed.
July 29, 2008, 12:28 am
Michael from Park Slope says:
Alas, the Tea Lounge bites the dust. Being a writer, I'm now relegated to being idly depressed at home...every day and every night staring into my solitary cup of coffee, while my word processor gently weeps.
Aug. 1, 2008, Midnight
Gersh Kuntzman (Brooklyn Paper) says:
It's only the one on Seventh Avenue (at 10th Street) that has closed.

Aug. 1, 2008, 4:26 pm
goodriddance from parkslope says:
well i guess now ill go buy overpriced, horrible, watery coffee and tea somewhere else. the AC was good but thats about it.
Aug. 2, 2008, 2:58 am

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