Red Horse Cafe, the charming coffee shop on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street, closed down over the weekend, One More Folded Sunset noticed. The owners, Carolina and Brent Whitson, left a note thanking customers for seven years of patronage, noting that "the horse has finally been set free."
No reason for the closure was given, but the out-of-the-way location was tricky from the get-go. For those in the know, however, it was one of the neighborhood's best respites, serving coffee from Gowanus' Crop to Cup, tea from Harney & Sons, Chilean baked goods from San Antonio in Queens, and pastries from Baked in Red Hook. The low-key space was decorated with modern art and furnished with comfortable couches, and there was plenty of room to sit with a laptop and lots of natural light. They also hosted events at night, including musical performances, comedy, and poetry readings.
There aren't actually that many straight-ahead neighborhood cafes left in the area, where those who work from home can set up shop in an uncramped space and not feel rushed as they do their work with a coffee and a pastry. Unfortunately, that setup doesn't lend itself much to a dinner crowd, which is the real moneymaker.
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