Recently, I was disappointed to read about the shuttering of the Upper West Side's 3 Star Coffee Shop.
On her Tumblr blog, Raven Snook took a photo of the papered-over windows and noted: "Apparently, 3 Star Coffee Shop went out with a whimper in February when it failed to reopen after being closed down for a third time by the Health Department due to violations."
West Side Rag went inside for a look at the trashed interior.
Located at Columbus and 86th, across from a Starbucks, next to a Chase bank, and down the block from new luxury condo 101 W. 87, the modestly named 3 Star (why not 4 or 5?) Coffee Shop had that look of something that could not last.
3 Star had an A rating at the time of its closure. Do city agencies like the health department target these old joints, especially when they're located on desirable corners? It often makes me wonder.
Most of the reviewers on Yelp loved this place, citing it as one of the last old-school coffee shops left in the neighborhood.
3 Star's shuttered storefront means one more for a stretch filled with long-shuttered businesses. As West Side Rag noted, "The south half of the block is now almost entirely shuttered, except for
one remaining dry cleaners. The Olympic deli on the North corner is
also closed, but is seeking a new tenant. Some of the businesses have
been empty for years, and they don’t seem like they’re looking
aggressively for new tenants."
All in the same building. We have to wonder if the landlord is holding out for a block-long chain to move in.