If you’ve never been to Sunrise Sunset, then you couldn’t possibly understand the push and pull of fulfilling a dual addiction: caffeine and alcohol. Because the business serves both coffee and cocktails, the patrons who favor one over the other have long experienced a palpable tension.
Thus, it comes as no shock that the cold war between both camps heated up at approximately 5:30 p.m. last night when the server working at the time, Laura Neutrale, changed the coffeehouse ambience by setting out candles on each table. Andrew Brew, a 25-year-old freelancer who had come to the “cafe” to concentrate, grew immediately irritated by the shift in mood as another patron, John I. Partee, a 27-year-old Bushwick millionaire, strolled in with a posse of revelers who came solely to further inebriate themselves at the bar.
It was at this point that the equally vexed Martha Colombia, a 33-year-old graphic designer, shot Andrew Brew a knowing look that seemed to say, “Let’s end this now.” And so it was with this glance that the two rose from their seats, urging other coffee drinkers to do the same, and proceeded to heave their coffee cups at Partee’s crew. Culminating in countless cuts, scrapes and bruises, several were rushed to Woodhull to be treated for their injuries. In the wake of the war, the owner of Sunrise Sunset is strongly considering choosing one type of drink as the focus of the establishment. But then again, that would go entirely against the fusion business trend.
Written by Genna Rivieccio