Teaneck Gallery, Coffee Bar to Close
BLAST, on Cedar Lane, will shut down at the end of the month, the owners announced.
Cedar Lane's coffee bar and art gallery BLAST will close at the end of September after 18 months in Teaneck, the owners announced Monday night.
“We’d like to thank our fantastic staff. They built this place with us, and they should feel proud of what we accomplished. We’d also like to thank all of our customers (regulars as well as irregulars) for their support,” said a message on the BLAST Facebook page from owners Sarah Jack and Scott Harris. “Everyday we were opened, customers would tell us how grateful they were that we were in Teaneck. We feel the same about you.”
BLAST first opened as an art gallery but later expanded to offer high-quality organic coffee, espresso drinks, pastries and lunch. Customers ranged from high schoolers, college students and longtime residents. The gallery attracted a range of artists, including John Lurie, Mark Mothersbaugh and Daniel Johnston.
The owners, both of Teaneck, said they would miss running the store. The reason for the closure was not immediately disclosed.
“While Sarah and I will certainly miss having BLAST in Teaneck, we’re still residents of this town and love this town. We now know, by meeting so many people in this town, that the place is filled with warm, creative, interesting people,” the Facebook post said.
Fans responded with messages of support and sadness.
“I'm devastated. I love everyone at BLAST and it gave me the perfect place to write. I'm so sorry you are closing...thank you for everything,” said Yetta Wood, on Facebook.
“It made the quality of life in Teaneck so much better. I know the future will hold wonderful things for Sarah, Scott, and the whole BLAST crew,” Tovah I. Gidseg commented.
“I am saddened for Teaneck's loss,” Gina Melnyk wrote.
“BLAST will truly be missed, but the spirit lives on in all of us that experienced it.” Benito Esquenazi posted.