Rumors have been floating around for some time now, but today Brownstoner confirmed that Ozzie's Coffee, on Seventh and Lincoln, will be shutting down soon.
I dropped by and spoke with the barista, who provided a few more details. It looks like a rent hike is primarily responsible for the closure, but "there are a few more things in play," he said. They'll be shuttered by the end of next month.
While this closure won't affect the outpost down on Fifth Avenue, the owner, Melissa, will be opening up a coffee shop of her own, and has been looking at empty storefronts in the neighborhood but hasn't settled on a location yet.
While Ozzie's was never known for great coffee, it was in a great location and I've been a big fan of that fact that they kept so many of the original furnishings from when the shop was a pharmacy, back at the turn of the century (the "trusses and belts" advertised in the window were used to support broken bones).Hopefully the next tenant keeps these vintage touches.
Maybe Martin feels like exanding?