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Photos: Coffee Shop Sambas Out of Union Square After 28 Years

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's one large tables during the final brunch.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's one large tables during the final brunch.

Tourists from Washington, D.C. enjoying juices at Coffee Shop's

Tourists from Washington, D.C. enjoying juices at Coffee Shop's "Juc" kiosk.

Brazilian-style carnival dancers performing for the finale Coffee Shop's final brunch.

Brazilian-style carnival dancers performing for the finale Coffee Shop's final brunch.

Former Coffee Shop waitress Goldie (second from right) with her son as she interviewed the final diners.

Former Coffee Shop waitress Goldie (second from right) with her son as she interviewed the final diners.

Carnival dancers with Coffee Shop's classic pay phones.

Carnival dancers with Coffee Shop's classic pay phones.

Tourists at Coffee Shop's final to-go coffee's as the outdoor seating was closing.

Tourists at Coffee Shop's final to-go coffee's as the outdoor seating was closing.

Diners as they exited Coffee Shop after its final closing time at 6pm.

Diners as they exited Coffee Shop after its final closing time at 6pm.

Diners with co-owner Eric Petterson (top, center) as they exited..

Diners with co-owner Eric Petterson (top, center) as they exited..

Diners being served Coffee Shop's last cocktails at it's trademark snaking bar.

Diners being served Coffee Shop's last cocktails at it's trademark snaking bar.

Coffee Shop's bar staff at the end of their final bar shift.

Coffee Shop's bar staff at the end of their final bar shift.

Maucha Adnet with her Trio after their final samba music performance for Coffee Shop with co-owner Charles Milite.

Maucha Adnet with her Trio after their final samba music performance for Coffee Shop with co-owner Charles Milite.

Bartender Gia celebrating the serving of Coffee Shop's last hamburger with a round of whiskey shots.

Bartender Gia celebrating the serving of Coffee Shop's last hamburger with a round of whiskey shots.

Coffee Shop's security team (top row) during the brunch finale.

Coffee Shop's security team (top row) during the brunch finale.

Artists O.J. Jimenez with the carnival dancers behind Coffee Shop's rear bar.

Artists O.J. Jimenez with the carnival dancers behind Coffee Shop's rear bar.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's window booths.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's window booths.

Coffee Shop co-owner Eric Petterson (left) with diners during the final brunch.

Coffee Shop co-owner Eric Petterson (left) with diners during the final brunch.

Coffee Shop's servers with co-owner Charles Milite and manager Cookie (first and second from left) the rear dining room.

Coffee Shop's servers with co-owner Charles Milite and manager Cookie (first and second from left) the rear dining room.

Artist O.J. Jimenez and wife Kara Mullins enjoying the their final drink at Coffee Shop.

Artist O.J. Jimenez and wife Kara Mullins enjoying the their final drink at Coffee Shop.

Coffee Shop's final customers under its trademark neon sign with co-owner Eric Petterson (far left), 10/14/18 at 7pm.

Coffee Shop's final customers under its trademark neon sign with co-owner Eric Petterson (far left), 10/14/18 at 7pm.

Coffee Shops facade on Union Square West on a recent Sunday.

Coffee Shops facade on Union Square West on a recent Sunday.

A Union Square institution, Coffee Shop, served its final brunch Sunday with one last samba performance by Maucha Adnet, her trio, and a pair of roving carnival dancers. Charles Milite and Eric Petterson– who own the restaurant with Karolyn Effer, wife of music producer Jellybean Benitez— were on hand for the farewell, and fondly remembered a New York magazine story about the Brazilian diner’s opening 28 years ago. It noted “the  late-nighters who’ve been thronging Coffee Shop and its secret room in the back–artists, actors and young models wearing black tights and gold medallions.” At the time, Patterson said he wanted the 23-hour diner to recreate the feeling of Brazil: “the sensuality, the music, the friendliness of the people.”

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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787 Coffee. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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(Photo: Summer Cartwright)

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