Regional tragedy!

The Coffee Table, a fixture in the Short North for at least as long as I’ve lived in Columbus, closed its doors apparently forever on New Year’s Day! :~(

And to make matters worse, a fucking Starbucks finally weaseled their way into the Short North a few blocks away. I will never go there, I can guarantee you that. In fact, every time I walk by there, I will have a competitor’s coffee in hand. Cup-O-Joe from across the street, for example. Or something from Europa up the street a little way. Hell, I’ll go to Stauf’s in Grandview and ‘import’ a cup, just to walk by their window and display it to them. I am heartened to hear that they are doing rotten business in the Short North. No one wants them there, no one goes there.

It’s an absolute tragedy. The Coffee Table was a local institution. I could sit there and linger over a cuppa, happily knitting away without anyone thinking it weird.

I’m still recovering from the closure of Estrada’s, this is just too much!


8 comments so far

  1. surakofb5 on

    Estrada’s closed? I missed that.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Yeah, a couple months ago, I think. The owner died this past May, and the family tried to keep it going for a while, but apparently decided to just let it go.

  2. equinoxx on

    Without knowing exactly what factors led to the closures, it is, apparently, too bad the Coffee Table and Estrada’s couldn’t hold out until Starbucks got there. (It seems that, statistically, the presence of a nearby Starbucks tends to result in increased business for local “independents.” Much to Starbucks’ own chagrin.)

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I’m not sure when the S******k’s opened — within the last month, I think. And right across the street from Cup O Joe — where the barista told me they’d heard that the Coffee Table was forced out, not just failed. Hopefully The Other Paper can shed some light on the subject–The Distort surely won’t care.

      If some trendy clothes place goes in there — or, worse, a chain store — I don’t know what I’ll do. At least it didn’t close to become a S******k’s.

      Estrada’s was a Mexican restaurant up the street from me and not a coffee house — it folded mainly because the owner died ealier this year.

  3. cashewlou on

    This truly sucks. I am glad I got one last chance to hang out there the last time I was in Ohio, then–it takes some of the sting out, but it is still sad.

    The Coffee Table had its furry connection, too, besides the fact that all central Ohio furries hung out there at one point or another: Buster Wilde, Weerwolf by Scott Zellman was partially created at the Coffee Table, and the coffee shop hangout of its main character was based on the place. (Link to the comic strip, long since discontinued, here:

    An institution, indeed. I haven’t mourned a place like this since Dugan’s Deli in Ames, Iowa, shut its doors. It was a rare oasis where the gay and straight communities of Iowa State intermingled very nicely for over 30 years–very much an atmosphere like that of the Coffee Table.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      At least there’s still Stauf’s, and Cup O’Joe is their chain, so they’re distinctly non-evil. I fear to think what’s ultimately going to go in that corner…

  4. cashewlou on

    *blinks, missing it the first time*

    Estrada’s closed, too? Dammit!

  5. gorgeousgary on

    I was quite distressed to find, when visiting Seattle this year, that all the individual coffee carts I remember from my last visit nine years ago had disappeared and were replaced either by Starbucks or one of its clones (Seattle’s Best or Tully’s). I tried to opt for the latter two if I could. (And did successfully…)

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