Trianon-The Coffee Place to close at the end of 2017

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Updated 1:42 p.m. to include information from an email by co-owners Michael and Susan Sexton sent to customers Wednesday night. 

After being in operation for 30 years, Trianon-The Coffee Place, 3201 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 163, West Lake Hills, will be closing its doors by the end of 2017 because the shop was not offered an opportunity to renew its lease, co-owner Michael Sexton said.

“We are being forced out by an out-of-state management company,” Sexton said. “We have five months to figure out [what will be next].”

While he and his wife Susan Sexton intended to renew the coffee shop’s lease at the West Woods Shopping Center, he said the center’s new ownership group, Global Retail Investors, LLC, did not allow them to re-sign.

“Unfortunately, last week we were informally notified by the latest owners of the West Woods Shopping Center that they would not be renewing our lease when it expires in December,” the owners said in an email to customers Wednesday. “The reason for this is not because we have failed to make any lease payments or broken any other lease covenants, but because they want a bright, new coffee shop to enhance their image.”

“Last summer we plowed all our profits back into upgrading as much of the shop as we could, both from a financial perspective and to minimize downtime for our wonderful staff,” the email continued. “About the same time that we were making these improvements, the management company began negotiating with another business, and just finalized the lease for our space. They then informed us, and have told us that there is no appeal. We are out.”

Sexton encouraged customers who have gift cards and rewards with Trianon to redeem them before the store closes.

Summer Moon Coffee will move to the location in 2018, management company First Washington Realty, Inc. confirmed Thursday.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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