Thursday, November 03, 2011

what, what?

i had no idea that society, the coffee lounge on a tony section of harlem's frederick douglass blvd -- the one that served such tasty treats as chicken and red velvet waffles (!!!) -- was closed as of october 10th. oh, well. looks like i'll have to have brunch someplace else.

at least the "speakeasy" 67 orange street, its sister location up the block, is still open -- so those red velvet waffles remain an option. here's a note i found online:

Society Coffee…One Last Time… (A note from Karl)

“Dear Loyal Guests,

After seven years of serving the best coffee, red velvet waffles, and shrimp & grits in Harlem, I have made the difficult decision to close Society Coffee on Monday, October 10. A pioneer on Frederick Douglass Blvd, Society has been a true labor of love and a place I’ve called home. Over the years I have shared Society with thousands; I’ve watched people meet each other and fall in love, I’ve watched families begin and grow, deals get done, and business plans get written. I’ve watched college students work, friends hang out, and poets write. I’ve met so many great people who have changed and elevated my life.

Rooted in the richness of the Harlem community and the transformation on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Society Coffee leaves with a sense of pride and appreciation to all our friends who made each day unique and flavorful. Society has served its purpose and has set neighborhood standards for a new generation in historic Harlem. We were always very close and involved with the community and it remains in our hearts. 67 Orange Street will continue to operate and serve great cocktails.

I would like to personally thank you for all your support these past years. Thanks again for seven great years.


Karl Franz Williams


Anonymous said...

Hi there.
I love this post. A letter to loyal patrons over the years. You never think how a place truly watches the neighborhood GROW up, evolve, etc.

Sidenote: I've been reading your blog forever, since it was "Unemployed Superstar." First learned of you on The It Factor! (Yep, 10 years ago.)
I was rooting for you w/ the Ocean Spray commercial, saw your Prego commercial, etc. I live semi-vicariously through your acting gigs and guts to sing and be entirely funky. Yep.

All the way from Washington, D.C.

queenesther said...

Wow. Thanks for reading my blog. And yeah, this takes guts.

I think this blog started because most of what I do involves wading through an avalanche of auditions and callbacks of all kinds, and as a D.I.Y. Blackgrrl, I wanted to document that blur.

At the moment, I'm working on a Kickstarter campaign for my Black Americana album. Please stay tuned.