Brown Cafe at 61 Hester Street is Shuttered (Updated 12/2014)

Brown Cafe, 61 Hester Street.

NOTE: Brown Cafe remains open as a private dining space. Details here.

If you’re a fan of Brown Cafe at 61 Hester Street, you only have one more day to enjoy the little restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch offerings.  Owner Alejandro Alocer has made the decision to close the space after tomorrow, following 12 years in business on the Lower East Side.

There’s a notice on the door that reads:

On 1/1/2013 we will no longer operate as a restaurant but temporarily close our doors and focus on the development of our multifaceted projects which include a non-profit food awareness program for public schools.  Both orange and brown (two side-by-side spaces on Hester Street) will remain available for private bookings and events. Please visit to see what we are working on.

Brown is known for its fresh, well prepared breakfast dishes and good coffee.  There aren’t many breakfast options in the immediate area, so it’s a loss for the neighborhood.  On the other hand, gourmet coffee shops (Pushcart Coffee, Cafe Grumpy, Lost Weekend, 12 Corners) have sprouted up in the last few years, creating a lot of competition for brown on the java front.