Report: Morning Call in Metairie shutting its doors

Report: Morning Call in Metairie shutting its doors
Pam Clark looks out the rain-streaked window of the Morning Call coffee stand in Metairie. Showers fell much of the day with a particularly heavy rain just after noon. Source: | The Times-Picayune

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - After 40 years, the iconic Morning Call coffee house will close its Metairie location by the end of the month, according to a report by our partners | The Times-Picayune. 

According to the report, the beloved 24-hour coffee and beignet outlet began in the French Quarter in 1870. It then moved to a strip center on Severn Avenue in Metairie in 1974, and opened another location in City Park's Casino building in 2012.

Morning Call owners Bob and Mike Hennessey said in the report that they are "reluctant to leave Metairie," but say the changing market and rising rent prices make staying "impractical."

"The business climate in Metairie has just changed," Bob Hennessey told | Times-Picayune. "The market is saturated with 10 or so coffee shops in a two mile radius."

According to the report, the Metairie location has been on shaky ground since it narrowly avoided a shutdown in 2014 when escalating rent prices forced the Hennessey brothers to look for property elsewhere. They reached a tentative agreement to stay in the Metairie location near Lakeside Shopping Center.

Hennessey said that the Metairie closing was the end of a rewarding, 40-year chapter in the coffee shop's history, but not the end of the iconic staple.

"It's been a great ride there with loyal and terrific customers, but we invite them to come along with us to City Park," Hennessey said.

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