by Lindsay Armstrong
HUDSON HEIGHTS — A coffee shop that focuses on local ingredients and charitable giving will take over the New Leaf, the popular Fort Tryon Park restaurant and wedding venue that abruptly announced it would close last month.
Coffeed, which has four New York locations, including another Parks Department concession, will replace the cafe’s longtime operator, the New York Restoration Project, when the venue reopens in the spring, easing concerns among couples who had weddings slated there.
“It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful park and we know that Coffeed will be a great partner,” said Sam Biederman, a spokesman for the Parks Department, which owns New Leaf’s building.
Frank Raffaele, Coffeed’s founder and CEO, said that New Leaf regulars would notice only subtle changes when the restaurant reopens.
“It was run very professionally — great food, great service, great events — and we’re just going to build on that,” Raffaele said.
The venue will remain a full-service restaurant and event space. Raffaele plans to keep the restaurant’s chef and re-hire as much of the current staff as possible, he said. Raffaele will also keep the New Leaf's name.
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