At the end of the day, the 111 Hicks coop board’s demands upon Tea Lounge owner Jonathan Spiel were just too much to make the business work in the former Palmira’s space:
Brooklyn Paper: Tea Lounge owner Jonathan Spiel said the long-awaited Heights branch of the popular writers hangout will not open inside the St. George Tower between Pineapple and Clark streets because of disagreements regarding the lease.
“It is not happening because the landlord there — which is the coop board — made some absolutely ridiculous lease requests,” said Spiel, who claims the lease included stipulations requiring certain renovations, the hiring of a sound engineer, the installation of soundproofing, and a proviso allowing the board to terminate his lease if the coffeehouse racked up two noise complaints within a 60-day period.
“They wanted me to completely renovate that space so that should I go out of business, they would have a brand new space, perfectly renovated to rent,” he said.
Spiel adds that there may be a Tea Lounge in Brooklyn Heights, but not anytime soon.