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Last fall 6sqft reported rumors that late-night Union Square model-spotting icon The Coffee Shop would be replaced with three new restaurants and possibly a Chase Bank. The rumors have been confirmed, says Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York; an application by the bank to open a branch on the 16th Street and Union Square West corner has been approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The popular coffee shop, which had a cameo role in “Sex and the City,” closed in 2018 after anchoring the corner for nearly 30 years.
Run by former Wilhelmina models, the cafe was the rare combination of celebrity clientele and reasonable prices. Another plus: The eatery was open 23 hours a day. Co-owner Charles Milite announced the shop’s closure last July citing high rents, rising expenses–and changing times. A tipster told Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York that the rent was raised to $3 million a year.
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