According to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York — the blog that broke the news that the Hotel Edison was not renewing the café's lease — the Cafe Edison will stay open "until the last person leaves." Jordan Strohl, grandson and son of the owners, said that the family is optimistic in finding a new space.
He told Jeremiah's, "We lost the fight, but we did not lose the battle. Six weeks ago, we would have just shut down, but the campaign to Save Cafe Edison re-inspired my family. We are committed to reopening in a new space, and to bringing our food and our family warmth back to the city. A thousand thank-yous to everyone. We cannot say thank you enough."
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 was created to save the Cafe Edison.
Click here for the Playbill.com story with producer Emanuel Azenberg, who recalls memories of Cafe Edison.