Fort Greene Cafe Greene Grape Annex Closes for Good Due to Coronavirus

The cafe when it opened in 2014. Photo by Cate Corcoran

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After six years in business, Fort Greene cafe Greene Grape Annex has shut up shop permanently thanks to the coronavirus pause. Located at 753 Fulton Street, the cafe was known for its light and airy space, colorful exterior planter boxes, and late-night hours with desserts and drinks.

The cafe today. Photo by Steven Sherman

It was part of a mini empire of Greene Grape businesses on a two-block stretch of Fulton Street, which include the grocery store Greene Grape Provisions, wine shop Greene Grape Wine & Spirits and, at one time, an ice cream spot. Some of the cafe employees will stay on and work at the grocery and wine shop.

The counter in 2014

This message was posted on the Greene Grape’s blog Friday, April 24:

The Greene Grape team is sad to announce the closure of our beloved café, Annex. Read on for a heartfelt letter from our owner, Amy Bennett.

A Fond Farewell to Annex

You may have noticed an empty storefront where your favorite café once stood. We’re sad to announce that Greene Grape Annex is permanently closed. Until we meet again, Fort Greene, stay safe.

The whole Greene Grape team was dejected when we received this heartfelt message from owner Amy Bennett:

Hi all –

I’ve made the hard and painful decision to close Annex permanently.

It began as a small coffee shop across the street where Yours Truly, Brooklyn is now. After the grocery moved up the block to its current location, I saw an opportunity to build a meeting place, a spot to sit and sip, a place to meet and congregate in the heart of Fort Greene. In light of current events, that mission no longer seems critical, and in fact goes against best practices.

I look forward to a time where things are back to (a new) normal and the kind of neighborhood social interaction that Annex fostered comes back. Until then, I’m learning to make espresso at home, with our Grumpy beans, and am very very grateful that the mission of Provisions and the wine store is needed and appreciated by our community.

Best,
Amy

The bright light on this grim occasion is that several of our treasured Annex employees are staying on in new roles at Provisions and Wine & Spirits.

The interior of the cafe in 2014

Photos by Cate Corcoran

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