NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Once upon a time, men wore hats and coffee came in substantial porcelain mugs.
New York was chock full of Chock Full O’Nuts, but it faded into the history books. Then came a knock on the door.
“We had been, in the past 10 years, franchising in the cafe division, grab-and-go, more of a coffee beverage,” company franchising VP Jim LaGanke told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane. “He said ‘You know, I think you’re really missing the roots of Chock Full O’Nuts.'”
The first Chock Full O’Nuts restaurant in decades is true to the original, down to the whole wheat donuts and cream cheese nut bread sandwiches.
But there is a latte on the menu, and Buffalo wings.
The new restaurant, located on West 23rd Street, was described to Paul Murnane as “contemporized retro.”
Barbara was one of the first customers at the new Chock when it opened its doors Monday at 11 a.m. and she was very happy to see it make a comeback.
“It was a favorite lunch spot when I didn’t have a lot of money,” Barbara told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks. She fondly remembered her favorite item on the menu: cream cheese on date nut bread.