According to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, the blog that broke the news that the Hotel Edison is not renewing the café's lease, magicians from the Magic Table will roam the coffee shop Nov. 15 at noon. They will perform "hocus pocus, small miracles, and sleight of hand over bowls of matzo ball soup. The Magic Table, a tradition that dates back to World War II, has been meeting at Cafe Edison since 1986."
On Nov. 16 at 12:30 PM, the Bergen County Players, just off a run of 45 Seconds from Broadway — Neil Simon's 2001 comedy inspired by the restaurant — will be performing key scenes from the play, including a speech about the Cafe Edison that proclaims, "And when dis place is gone, the entire Broadway will slide into the East River!"
Patrons are encouraged to "bring signs to let the hotel and its tourists know why you're there."
As previously reported, the cafe will be replaced by a white-tablecloth restaurant with "a name chef." The manager also told his staff of 32 that they will be out of work.
The Cafe Edison, also known as the Polish Tea Room, has been located in the Edison Hotel since 1980. A petition has been created to save the Cafe Edison.