After seven years in business here on East 10th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue, Thirstea Café has closed its doors for good.
Winn O’Donnell, who ran the small shop with his business partner Helen He, confirmed the news via email on Sunday.
O’Donnell didn't site a specific reason for the closure... "just the usual stuff," he said. (Higher rents. The increasing cost of running a small business in NYC. Etc.)
People we know who liked the shop and the variety of teas appreciated O'Donnell's hands-on approach to his business, working there full time (not an absentee owner, in other words). Patrons also appreciated that they kept the prices the same for most of the life of Thirstea.
[Photo of O'Donnell from April by Stacie Joy]
In an interview with us back in April, O'Donnell discussed what prompted him to open a cafe here in July 2009:
We have always loved the East Village. We were happy to find a storefront here. We wanted to open up a cafe as tea lovers and wanted to share our sense of taste and style. We have always loved how the East Village has a lot of mom-and-pop shops. We love the vibe of all the specialty stores and wanted to create one of our own.