The Kahawa Cafe, at Fifth and 15th, opened in mid-August. It's now shuttered. Temporary or permanent closure? I only went there once, during its first week in business. The counter staff had already mastered the art of sullen indifference.
A far more serious situation down at Fifth and 53rd. When I passed by on the bus, I noticed that Munchy Coffee Shop had the brown-paper treatment. From a fleeting glance, it looked like a gut job inside. This is a shame. A decent, no-fuss, affordable diner, run by Miguel Hernandez since 1982. A good people-watching spot, and a fine place to sit & brood over life's mysteries. I'd like to believe Munchy's is just undergoing renovation, but if this place is really gone it's very sad indeed.
Munchy Coffee Shop in 2011