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Famous New Orleans coffee shop closes in lease dispute

January 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans coffee shop that has operated more than a century is closing, at least temporarily.

News outlets reported Morning Call closed its City Park location Sunday following a lease dispute.

Morning Call’s lease at City Park ran out in 2017, and that led to a bidding war that Cafe du Monde won to take over the spot. Cafe du Monde plans to renovate the location for three months.

Morning Call opened in 1870 in the French Quarter and has been famous for beignets and cafe au lait.

Co-owner Bob Hennessey said Sunday that talks continue with the New Orleans Fair Grounds as a possible new home while he works with real-estate agents on other possible locations.

Morning Call closed a shop in Metairie last May.

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