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Creston-Kenilworth Loses Its Indie Coffee Shop

Kenilworth Coffeehouse to close on November 12

Carolyn Griggar Alex Frane/Eater

Residents of the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood are losing a cherished spot this November 12, when Carolyn Grigar pulls her last espresso shot and closes down Kenilworth Coffeehouse after five years of service this Sunday.

Kenilworth Coffeehouse opened in 2012, serving quiche from Lauretta Jean’s, coffee from Courier, and pastries from local bakeries. The spot garnered a strong following from the local Creston-Kenilworth community, offering a great product and environment in a neighborhood that only had Starbucks as an alternative.

“There wasn’t a lot going on here five years ago,” Grigar tells Eater. And with her shop closing, there won’t be much now.

Grigar cited problems with her landlord, who she says raised her rent and denied her a lease renewal, as the ultimate reason for her closing, though she is also looking to focus on music — her musical project Charlie Moses is going on a several-month tour in early December. As for future plans, she says, “I’ll be putting my equipment in storage, but I’m trying hard not to plan anything specific.”

“I’m feeling super sad about it,” she adds.“But I want to thank everyone who came in and supported us.”