Clinton Street Cafe – Doomed

Clinton Cafe closes, Metropolitan nail salon might expand

Had to get this update off my list…

Does anyone who lives more than a half a block away from 13th & Clinton Streets remember the Clinton Street Cafe? Didn’t think so.

This little coffee shop on 13th nestled between Clinton and Grand opened up two years ago – and couldn’t quite cut it. With the empty lot across the street, and lack of inspiring offerings, they decided it to call it quits.

The Metropolitan Nail Salon next door looks like they’re expanding, although the owner wasn’t too forthcoming about what their exact plans were or when.

With all the nail salons in Hoboken, you’d think we had the prettiest people in the world!

Newest Hoboken Coffee Shop opens doors

3/9/2010 Update:

Late last week, John Kim, the owner of Clinton Street Cafe (13th and Clinton) became open for business.

Starting out rather slow, John says he plans for the Clinton Street Cafe “to have the highest quality products at the best prices.” So far, he features Allegro coffee and tea (which is also available at Whole Foods), bakery products from NYC’s Amy’s Bread, and salads from Anthony Davids right here in Hoboken. Some panini sandwiches and other items will also be on the menu when he finalizes it next month.

If you’re looking for a place off the beaten path to have a quiet cup of coffee, enjoy some outdoor seating – and generally away from the riff-raff on Washington Street, Clinton Street Cafe might be a good option for you. Current hours are 7am – 8pm, seven days a week.

A local coffee shop!

12/30/3009:

We have another attempt to launch a successful business at 356 13th Street (home of the previously doomed Basic Cafe / Metro Deli and Ganache before that). And while the spot is located on Thirteenth Street, they’re naming it “Clinton Street Cafe.”

From the obvious looks of the logo, it’s going to be a coffee shop / cafe – that will likely serve what most other shops sell (coffee, espresso, lattes, etc.) Stay tuned for further updates!

Clinton Street Cafe Hoboken NJ

Description: Coffee Shop & Cafe
Address: 356 13th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Web: TBD

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6 Comments on "Clinton Street Cafe – Doomed"

AustinPowers
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AustinPowers

Granted, with his nail salon right next door, I’m sure that the owner got a good lease deal on the vacant space, but it still amazes me that someone would even bother “giving it a go” without any business plan that is clear to potential customers. I’ve lived in the ‘hood for 5+ years, and not only was it not clear what they wanted to be known for, I didn’t even know the name of the place! The first time I reasoned that it would surely fail was when I saw they had no visible signage. The front windows were often cluttered with various things, but there was nothing relating to food/beverage that made it inviting to come inside, nor was there any indication of what it was called. The owner, nice guy I’m sure, never had any customers…more than once I saw him through the window picking at his nose while on his laptop…after that, there was no way i’d consider order food there.

Been a long while since Ganache was there. been a waste of space ever since. do think the space could do OK if you had some food veterans go in there with a cafe that had good products and provided a friendly atmosphere. Ganache knew what they were doing.

hobposer
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hobposer

I wish the owner/s success and if they read these posts don’t get frustrated with what other people say. This is an open forum and many are right and many are wrong. People said things about me and some were correct and I fixed them. There are a lot of great places off Washinton St. Known as “the weeds” Bloomfield St to Marshall St haas some of the best stores and owners in town.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Midtownauthentic: Welcome Back! Where was ya?

In response to midtownauthentic who said:
I wish the owner/s success and if they read these posts don’t get frustrated with what other people say. This is an open forum and many are right and many are wrong. People said things about me and some were correct and I fixed them. There are a lot of great places off Washinton St. Known as “the weeds” Bloomfield St to Marshall St haas some of the best stores and owners in town.

hobposer
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hobposer

112 hour weeks keep me from having luxuries in life like vacations, jet setting and 411 posting.

In response to pawzclawz who said:
Midtownauthentic: Welcome Back! Where was ya?

Holygoof
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Holygoof

The location is great for us upper west side folks and could be a nice alternative to the postage stamp sized Dunkin Donuts on 12th. I understand they just opened but my first visit wasn’t so great.

The layout is weird and it’s not obvious where to order and pay. Looks like they are still in set up mode. The variety of fare was a mixed bag at best.

But the worst thing was that the coffee was horrible. I mean really bad. It was weak and self serve out of pump pots. I’m not going back until I see some decent reviews. Hopefully they will get it together.

NorthKrissy
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NorthKrissy

While I live nearby, and will more than likely get coffee here regularly if it’s good, I don’t see how they can survive with just a few buildings nearby. The previous businesses suffered the same fate. Just not enough foot traffic. Maybe their rent was lowered.

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