Bitter taste at Slope coffee bar

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A bitter sibling rivalry has reached its climax at the beloved Cafe Regular in Park Slope, leaving the coffee bar’s enigmatic owner Martin O’Connell out and his sister now running the show.

Anne O’Connell has wrested control of the Parisien-styled 11th Street cafe from her brother, and has begun an aesthetic overhaul that Cafe Regular fans are already boycotting.

“Business has plummeted” since news of the ouster, said one concerned Regular regular. “People are staying away in protest.”

The loyalty to Martin stems from his old-school approach that resisted popular frills such as offering wireless Internet or even having an electronic cash register.

A worker said that Anne will begin the renovations over the Thanksgiving holiday, when the café will be closed. A new cash register, countertop, Internet access and even uniforms — gasp! — are on the horizon.

“Martin really doesn’t have anything to do with this place anymore,” said the employee, Caroline Cusano. “It’s really a mess, we don’t know what it’s going to look like when we come back [next week].”

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Charlie from Prospect Heights says:
Who cares?
Nov. 27, 2009, 3:49 am
Jane from Brooklyn Heights says:
This is such a crying shame -- please bring back Martin! (Or better yet, can Martin buy out his sister?) The renovations are awkward and are extinguishing the unique spirit of that once-wonderful place. The fact that she added a totally unnecessary cold drinks machine at the expense of seating for people is just one example. Ugh! Martin had integrity. Without him, it's eroding fast.
Dec. 7, 2009, 4:58 pm
Anom from Park Slope says:
The coffee is still great. Martin didn't own it. And the reno looks fab!!!
Dec. 9, 2009, 1:41 pm
John Craig from park slope says:
@Caroline Cusano, it's pathetic, nosy pajama-at-lunchtime types like yourself that really give cosy places in park slope a bad name. I bet you're basking in the fame that this article brought you though, right? What a loser.
May 22, 2010, 12:38 pm
Sara from park slope says:
"Martin had integrity?" ha, Jane. Do you have any brain cells? Do you mean when it came to women or th cafe. if you mean the cafe, the guy was an employee for christ sake, not an owner and least of all, a designer. The only thing he added to the place was his obnoxious attitude which single, lonely women like yourself confused for genuine interest. Then again, you're probably one of the many women he had his way with so it's probably fair to say you're a little biased.
May 22, 2010, 12:42 pm

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