Since 1982, the Pink Tea Cup has been serving monolithic portions of soul food out of its dainty Grove Street storefront. But as of January 3, the restaurant, which Florida native Mary Raye opened in another location in 1954, will fry its last chicken.
As Eater reported, there’s a sign in the Pink Tea Cup’s window informing customers of the restaurant’s imminent closure. A call to the restaurant was answered by a woman who said that the phone had been ringing off the hook all morning, and referred callers to owner Lisa Ford, for whom Fork in the Road has left a message.
Although there have been complaints that its quality has declined in recent years, the Pink Tea Cup is a West Village institution, synonymous with endless brunch lines and reliably gutbusting, dietary trends-defying food. Its closure will be a lost for the neighborhood, if not the neighborhood’s waistlines.