Troubling Signs: 71-Year-Old Cup & Saucer’s Building Is For Sale

Photo: Angelo Fabara

One of Chinatowns hidden gems is the Cup & Saucer Luncheonette, a small, quaint diner that, according to one of the owners, John Vasilopoulos, has been in business for 71 years. This week, a sign went up indicating that its building is for sale. Vasilopoulos, who has run the diner for 23 years (he says the previous owner also ran the joint for twenty-some-odd years, as did the original owner before him), tells us hes not really worried we hope the new [building] owners will continue to let us be here. Apparently 89 Canal Street was bought by a big corporation earlier this year, and they want to do business, but Vasilopoulos is hoping hell get to stay.

So do we: Even though the Cup & Saucer closes before we get out of work (making it a luncheonette in the truest sense), we love everything about it, from the classic Coca-Cola sign to the cheery morning service (the owners will occasionally throw you a free coffee or newspaper) to the cheap heaping helpings. It holds a place in our heart (or, more accurate, our shallow pockets) right next to the Landmark Coffee Shop & Pancake House.