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Demitasse Closes Its Doors

The Sandy Hook coffee shop opened in 2010.

 

Sandy Hook cafe Demitasse, which opened in 2010, has shut down at its location in the middle of Sandy Hook.

"It is with much regret that demitasse has closed its doors," wrote the cafe on its Facebook page. "We know you loved it and Wished we could have stayed.
Thank you Sandy Hook for all your support -we truly appreciated it."

Fans expressed sorrow at the news.

"I want to personally thank you for making such a great effort," wrote one. "You had created what i thought was a very fine establishment, I loved the atmosphere, the coffee and the staff - Best of luck to you in whatever future endeavors you embark upon, sincerely and sadly."

On Monday afternoon, renovators were removing equipment from the shop. A sign outside read "CLOSED FOR REMODELING."

Owner Mike Landry has made and sold coffee and coffee accessories -- like espresso machines -- since 1989, but opened Demitasse after the former tenant, Mocha Coffeehouse, closed.

"The town really wanted this," he told Patch in 2010.

Nearby businesses in Sandy Hook's center have been hit hard in recent months -- Stone River Grille closed in early January. But plans are in motion to offer grants to small businesses in the area, especially those affected by the influx of people in the area after the Dec. 14 shooting.

Thomas Crafts February 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The Obama recovery claims another life.
Teacher February 26, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Does anyone know what it's being "remodeled" into? We desperately need an independent coffee shop in this town.
donna February 26, 2013 at 03:09 PM
I bet its the same landlord as Stone River- the leases are to high for anyone to survive.
Gary February 26, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Mike: Thanks a lot for your gallant effort. The staff was great. I'll miss them and their smiling, friendly service. I'll also miss the great coffee and eats! Best of luck to you all.
Connor February 26, 2013 at 07:35 PM
it is the same landlord, Mike Porco Sr.
Russell Phillips February 26, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Can someone please explain why an influx of people would be bad for business? To me this does not make any sense.
Jacqui Kaplan February 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Russell, are you talking about the memorials from 12/14? If so, I can attest to the fact that that was horrible for the businesses down there. For people who live in town who were used to frequenting those businesses, it was impossible to get there. I teach at the high school and go (went) to demitasse almost daily to grade papers, but for weeks I couldn't do that because of the traffic. I'm not bashing the memorials, just saying that I definitely understand how that could have been bad for business for those places. Also, if you are coming to pay your respects from out of town, you *might* get a cup of coffee (I guess people didn't, though), but you're probably not going to stop in the liquor store or get a haircut. So it makes a lot of sense to me.
Panino's Pizza & Pasta February 27, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Russell, did you come down that area at that time?
Russell Phillips February 27, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Yes I live in Sandy Hook. I drive through there every day. I understand that it was congested. However I just assumed that with all of the foot traffic of the media and people paying their respects that people were also visiting the local shops/restaurants. It is unfortunate that this was apparently not the case. I also wanted to make sure that it was clear my question was not intended to be inflammatory or obtuse. I was honestly looking for some insight. Thank you
ctnyfan February 28, 2013 at 04:00 AM
It's a Porco property. His rents are too high. He also charges a common charge fee every month that is based on an estimated cost--much like a condo-like property. It benefits all the tenants he says. He does the "maintenance" himself. He will then bill you more for a month here, a month there....claiming the care exceeded the estimate. He won't "cap" the common charges so a business owner could factor it into their budget. The overages are around $200--sometimes more. He owns the Karate building, Toy Store building, Subway building, Brick restaurant building, the coffee house building and the house next to it. Even his previous tenants moved around in the area to do their business away from his overly priced rentals. Ironically he is also on S.H.O.P.--Sandy Hood Operation for Prosperity. He also sits on Planning & Zoning--he's a local builder.
CoffeeFan February 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Could be the rent, or could be the owner. From what I've heard, he didn't treat his employees very well.
Vincent March 01, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Isn't it a conflict of interests to be on the P&Z when you are a builder and own so many commercial properties?
ctnyfan March 02, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Vincent--one would think so,right? Yet, it's been years.

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