DT-UT, pictured above, which was located at 2nd Ave. between 84th and 85th, closed on Sunday. The folkie, lounge-like, upscale coffee shop – which is rumored to be the inspiration for the Central Perk coffee hangout in the sitcom ‘Friends’ — definitely served a special niche in the neighborhood. The java stop had a unique vibe; couches and antique furniture were scattered around the shop (along with a few chandeliers), and they offered pastries, tea, beer and free wi-fi, amongst a bunch of other stuff.
Eater.com, based on a tip a few weeks back, attributes the shuttering to rent doubling after the shop’s 7-year lease expired.
And its only because after the fixed 7 year lease, the building’s landlord is doubling the rent.
People in the neighborhood seem genuinely upset. I took the above pic last night, and while i was there (all of 3 minutes) 5 – 6 people stopped to ask what happened and all were pissed off.
There’s also this gent who left his comment on tripAdvisor:
Sad…when I first moved to the City, that was a great hangout.
I broke up with my last girlfriend there. Memories.
Yeah, break-ups — good memories, good times.
The Shutter: Weekend Carnage at Nish, DTUT, Park Bistro
Comments from Yelp [Yelp.com]
And despite the delays, Figaro Pizza, on 2nd between 76th and 77th opened back up on Monday.