Qathra in negotiations for Whisk space

Qathra menu

The menu at Qathra

Qathra, the popular Cortelyou Road coffee house, may take over the former Whisk Cafe space at Newkirk and Westminster, the Qathra owner confirmed today. The Whisk space, which has been shuttered since owner Joshua Rubin disappeared on Oct. 31, is hosting a sell-off this weekend to raise money for Rubin’s family and, presumably, clear the way for a new tenant. (Rubin’s murder remains a mystery.) Yasser Habib, AKA Max, the owner of  Qathra, told Brokelyn that his lawyers are in negotiation and that he’s “75 percent sure” that the deal is moving forward. A Qathra outpost would be welcome by many neighbors as Max’s first one, which opened on Cortelyou in 2010, was named best coffee shop in NYC by the Daily News last year. More soon…

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