After a teary month of farewells to loyal customers, Leaf and Bean, the nearly 40 year old coffee and tea shop on Seventh Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets, has closed.
When I spoke with co-owner Karen Hue shortly after the ennouncement last month, she assured me that the coffee and tea shop is not gone for good, but will be re-opening in a smaller space somewhere else in the neighborhood. No confirmation yet if that will in fact be happening, though.
When the shop opened in 1973, it was one of the few places where gourmet coffee could be found, in literally hundreds of different blends. Nowadays there are many options in Park Slope alone, and plenty of coffee shops are brewing up high-quality joe. The market for what they were selling simply dwindled, and the large space coudn't support it anymore. Hopefully they're able to settle on a new location, and can carve a new niche for themselves in the neighborhood.