Tea Lounge in Park Slope closing this weekend
We are sad to say to the community and our loyal customers that we're closing Tea Lounge on Sunday 12/14/14. Stop by so we can say goodbye
— tea lounge brooklyn (@tealoungeny) December 10, 2014
This is the big Union St. location across from the Park Slope Food Coop that sometimes hosts live music (though The Daily News mentions “live music at night and trivia events did little to lure customers and generate business.”). Their cozier 7th Ave & 10th St. location closed in 2008 (and is now a bubble tea place).
The Daily News talked to the owner:
Jonathan Spiel, 45, is closing the Brooklyn java joint Monday after 14 years due to dwindling business caused by customers who plug away on laptops for hours without ordering anything more than a measly cup of joe.
“People take advantage of the space,” Spiel said. “I’m running a business, not a community center.”
Some people obviously took that the wrong way, so the Tea Lounge since tweeted, “The article in the daily news was crap. I truly appreciate all of the loyal customers.”
Goodbye Tea Lounge!