Pioneering Restaurant Society Coffee to Close

Pioneering Restaurant Society Coffee to Close

October 7, 2011 5:26pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Red velvet waffles from Society Coffee in Harlem. (Facebook/Society Coffee)

HARLEM—Society Coffee, one of the pioneers of the restaurant boom on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is closing its doors after seven years on Monday.

In a note to fans on the cafe’s Facebook page, owner Karl Franz Williams did not list a reason for the closure but said he was proud of his establishment’s role in helping to revive the stretch.

“A pioneer on Frederick Douglass Blvd, Society has been a true labor of love and a place I’ve called home,” Williams wrote.

“Over the years I have shared Society with thousands; I’ve watched people meet each other and fall in love, 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,” he added.

The blog HarlemGal posted the news this afternoon.

Williams, who also owns cocktail lounge 67 Orange, could not be reached for comment Friday. He said 67 Orange will continue to operate.

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The National Conference of Artists, New York Presents “THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS”

The National Conference of Artists, New York Presents


A Photographic Exhibition & Acquisition Opportunity

To benefit the RENA Day Care Center

Works by veteran Photographers:

Kwame Brathwaite, Ed Sherman, Adjua Mantebea,

John Brathwaite, & J. T. Chandler

October 21-23, 2011

All days open to the public

Friday 5:30- 8:30 PM,

Opening with

State, City and local officials, Educational and Arts and Culture officials.

Harlem Arts Alliance Members, Lower Manhattan Arts Groups

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Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 PM Harlem Arts Alliance, Upper Manhattan,

Brooklyn and Washington Heights arts & culture leaders,

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and introduction of local artists present.

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Kwame Brathwaite speaks about

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Who Kept Marcus Garvey’s name and work alive

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Including Elombe Brath, AJASS & the “Black Is Beautiful” Campaign

Special Auction of addition works,

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RENA Day Care Center

639 Edgecombe Ave.

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A, C, #1 trains to 168th St./ #2M Bus to 165th St.

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