Kocafe to Close
Springfield Avenue coffee shop to call it quits on Feb. 4.
Kocafe on Springfield Avenue will be closing its doors as of Feb. 4, according to owner Anthony Escribens who emailed an announcement to customers this morning:
It is with deep regret to announce that Kocafe will be closing its doors on Saturday, 2/4/2012. To prepare for our closure, we will not operate the week of 1/30, we will open on 2/4 (9AM – 5PM). We have had the pleasure of serving you over the last year but unfortunately the traffic was not enough to sustain our business.
I’ll close with this… Behind any small business, there is a family running the day-to-day operations to serve its customers; we need to do what we can to support small businesses in America.
Kocafe officially opened its doors for business on April 3, 2011, with a well-attended ribbon cutting. The cafe and eatery at 1908 Springfield Avenue featured Peruvian art, WiFi and a menu of coffee, fresh juices, sandwiches, crepes and pastries. At the time, Escribens said, "I wanted to bring a new sort of coffee house to Maplewood, fusing Peruvian flavors with Latin American ones. I’m really excited to share some new flavors and introduce people to my culture.”