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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