We chose Cup & Saucer to be immortalized in our #storefront sculptural installation (seen here on our 1/10th scale model) because it not only was a fantastic #Luncheonette, which was in business since the 1940s but because this family-owned business really helped bring the Lower East Side community together. Co-owners John and Nick knew their customers by name and told us that they often would begin preparing their “regulars” favorite meals 🍔🍳 as soon as they saw them crossing the street. Sadly this coffee shop☕️ was forced to close in 2017 after a steep rent increase from $8,200 a month to $15,800. We hope our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” Installation inside Seward Park will help raise awareness of the importance of these small businesses to the community.
To help us in our efforts to raise funds for the fabrication, lumber materials,installation and de-installation costs, please visit our Kickstarter page, where this #miniature scale model is offered as one of the rewards in a very limited edition of 2. Please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation