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Another light goes out on Broadway as Cafe Edison sets to close

By Christina Izzo

The days are numbered for Cafe Edison: The legendary lunch counter is being evicted from its home at the Hotel Edison after three decades, following in the stumbled footsteps of the hotel's Rum House and Sofia's Italan restaurant, closed in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Known by regulars at the Polish Tearoom, the borscht-and-blini–slinging cafe nestled inside one of the hotel's ornate ballrooms was a favorite of blue-collar workers, off-duty cops and, significantly, the theater world. The playwright August Wilson is said to have drafted three scripts on the restaurant's napkins and, following the death of original owner Harry Edelstein in 2009, Broadway theaters dimmed their marquees in tribute.


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