Dedicated fans of Cafe Edison are continuing to wage war against the owners of the Edison Hotel, who plan to push out the classic lunch counter and replace it with a white tablecloth kind of place. The latest person to join the fight is New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, who stopped by Cafe Edison for lunch last weekend:
Hoylman also pleaded his case in a letter to the hotel's owners: "I...appeal to your sense of fairness and justice and appreciation for preserving the character of our city to meet with the operators of Cafe Edison forthwith and begin negotiations to grant the restaurant a lease." Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote a letter of support saying "It would be a disgrace to lose this New York institution."
More than 7,600 people have signed a petition supporting the restaurant, and there have been three lunch mobs. Tomorrow night, there will be a dinner mob with a klezmer band. Despite all of the support for the lunch counter, the management of the hotel doesn't seem to be budging.