‘Astronomical’ Rent Hike Dooms Brooklyn’s ‘Mommy Meeting’ Mecca

The Brooklyn Paper is reporting [via Eater] that Park Slope’s hallowed Tea Lounge is closing in July after nearly seven years on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 10th Street:

[Co-owner Greg] Wolf blamed his landlord, Georgina Tufano, for doubling the rent on his small storefront, though he declined to reveal the dollar figure.

“It’s astronomical,” said Wolf, whose other bars are on Union Street in Park Slope and on Court Street in Cobble Hill.
Described by stalwarts as “like ‘Cheers’ with coffee” and “an iconic mommy meeting place,” the Tea Lounge was also the scene last year of a bizarre incident, as our intrepid colleague Dana Rubinstein once reported, involving a purported anti-terrorism agent on the lookout for insurgents utilizing the venue’s wireless Internet system.