Ozzies to Close its 7th Avenue Outpost


Sad news for Slope residents: The 7th Avenue location of Ozzie’s Coffee & Tea will be closing. An employee confirmed a rumor we’d heard from a reader saying it would be shuttering because of rent issues. It’s unclear when, exactly, it’ll close, but the employee said the business hopes to relocate. As far as we know, the second location of Ozzie’s on 5th Avenue between Carroll and Garfield will stay where it is. Bummer! GMAP

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  • Blayze11

    Not sure Ozzie’s is a purveyor of Trusses and Belts, but okay! Decent coffee at best.

  • Blayze11

    Not sure Ozzie’s is a purveyor of Trusses and Belts, but okay! Decent coffee at best.

  • I always wondered how this place stayed in business this long with its mediocre coffee. Any chance of a 2nd Gorilla Coffee location in its place?

  • Never cared for the coffee, but this spot seems like the perfect space for a coffee shop. Maybe Stumptown would be nice, as I heard they were going to expand. Intelligentsia?

  • Nooooo!

    Or maybe now Cafe Regular du Nord can move to a bigger location in its place?? See, there’s a silver lining already.

  • arial

    As long as the 5th avenue location stays open, all is well.

  • Sad for who – not people that like coffee

  • i like that place, even if the coffee isn’t great. i hope cafe regular du nord doesn’t move there; even though it’s tiny, it has a great feel.

  • Martin from Cafe Martin should open up another shop up here. The he can go head to head with his sister who runs Cafe Regular du Nord.

  • no-permits

    whats next? another burger joint or pet store? another loss for 7th av..

    • Not sure, but the new burger joint which just opened (Bareburger) seems to be a huge hit. I’ve walked by a number of times and there are hoards of people waiting for a table outside. The new Petco Unleashed seems to be doing well too and looks a lot better than the burned out buildings which were there before.

      I’m not sure how a place with terrible coffee is a loss for 7th Avenue. Especially when Park Slope has 15 other coffee shops.

      • Bareburger is crowded because it’s the bomb. (Try the jalepeno burger with 91% lean grass-fed bison, and get a peanut-butter shake on your way out.) We need more non-mediocre restaurants and shops on this stretch of 7th Ave.

        • Yeah, I’ve heard Bareburger is excellent. I will try it. I did a huge walk down 7th Avenue last week and I saw lots of new stuff which looked interesting…I don’t know why people say 7th Ave sucks. I tried the new looking pizza place next to Bareburger (South Brooklyn Pizza) and it was the bomb, as you say. For a take out pizza place, haven’t had a much better tasting slice. There was also a Greek restaurant which looked new somewhere on 7th (near Union I think) which looked good. Will have to try that one too.

          • Blayze11

            South Brooklyn Pizza is fantastic, but 4 bucks a slice is way too much.

            Ozzies, while quaint, (I’ve only been to their other slope location) was forgettable but offered a decent space to just chitchat and watch folks pass by.

            Gorilla I think is unsurpassed in good roasty coffee, despite the whole brouhaha. Though I’ve been meaning to try Cafe Martin. Almost went in on a winter’s day but it was pretty packed so my compatriot and I opted for Ozzie. Whenever I make my rounds again in stroller-ville, I’ll get over there.

            However, best coffee in my book is D’Amico. Place smells like heaven and is old Brooklyn, inside and out, from the cranky construction workers who hang out nearby to the old italians that babble in the back.

            I miss my county of Kings.

          • I thought the slice was worth every penny. I even had 2!! It doesn’t take like any old slice, the ingredients tasted very high quality and fresh. Nice outdoor area with many flowers too. Great spot.

            Haven’t ever been to or even heard of D’Amico. Will have to look for it.

            I don’t really care for Gorilla coffee, it tastes burnt like Starbucks. Southside coffee is great, Cafe Martin is great and Cafe Du Nord is good too. The space itself is one of the most charming places in the city, in my opinion.

          • I thought the slice was worth every penny. I even had 2!! It doesn’t take like any old slice, the ingredients tasted very high quality and fresh. Nice outdoor area with many flowers too. Great spot.

            Haven’t ever been to or even heard of D’Amico. Will have to look for it.

            I don’t really care for Gorilla coffee, it tastes burnt like Starbucks. Southside coffee is great, Cafe Martin is great and Cafe Du Nord is good too. The space itself is one of the most charming places in the city, in my opinion.

          • I love the Cafe Regular du Nord space as well. That’s why I wish they had a slightly larger location — so I could occasionally get a seat!

          • Blayze11

            Cafe Regular got some bad vibes, last I heard because they wanted to ‘Starbuckize’ their operation, i.e. uniforms and whatnot.

            As for D’Amico, it’s in the northern part of Carroll Gardens on Court Street. They sell beans as well, along with Italian sandwiches. I can’t wait to go pick up another bag.

          • There is nothing corporate or Starbucks-like at all at Cafe Du Nord.

          • Blayze11

            South Brooklyn Pizza is fantastic, but 4 bucks a slice is way too much.

            Ozzies, while quaint, (I’ve only been to their other slope location) was forgettable but offered a decent space to just chitchat and watch folks pass by.

            Gorilla I think is unsurpassed in good roasty coffee, despite the whole brouhaha. Though I’ve been meaning to try Cafe Martin. Almost went in on a winter’s day but it was pretty packed so my compatriot and I opted for Ozzie. Whenever I make my rounds again in stroller-ville, I’ll get over there.

            However, best coffee in my book is D’Amico. Place smells like heaven and is old Brooklyn, inside and out, from the cranky construction workers who hang out nearby to the old italians that babble in the back.

            I miss my county of Kings.

  • Oh and I tried Cafe Grumpy twice (on 7th Avenue) and I thought it was very very good. Maybe the best I’ve had in the area.

  • Arkady

    I thought Bare Burger was awful – totally tasteless; even the onion rings. I think it’s busy because it’s new – not repeat business.

  • slopemope

    Good riddance to Ozzies. Now please become something cool that’s not a bank!

    Hah, just ate at Bareburger today, its the same as its manhattan location, and they are both OK in a shake shack kinda way. Shakes are great, fries decent. This time I had the beef sliders, and i detected too much cumin or something unusual like that. Wierd, not what i expected.

  • infinitejester

    That’s terrible news!! I almost fell out of my chair. The 5th Ave. store is not as good as this one. Many, many fond memories here. I’ll look forward to the relocation – an early guess: one of those disused storefronts on Flatbush between 6th and 7th Aves.

  • infinitejester

    I like Cafe Regular – they get both the NY and London Review of Books – but one cup lasts a scant 10 minutes. When I go there I get water, it last longer.

    Things that make a good cafe:

    -serves coffee/tea (duh)
    -lets you sit indefinitely
    -plays music at a low level, stuff you don’t know
    -good people watching
    -stack of papers to read
    -staff not too attractive to be distracting

  • Took the family to Petco Unleashed and wouldn’t hurry back for a return visit. Kids didn’t like the upscale puppy chow, no matter how much gravy we added to it. Prices were lofty and service was just so- so. I guess this place won’t stay open long – don’t get attached!

    Gorilla’s recent legal history makes it so easy not to patronize their shop.

  • srsqualms

    i live on the block and will not miss Ozzie’s coffee!

  • The coffee wasnt particularly good but I liked there was always space in there. How long was it on 7 th Ave? I remember it from the late 90s