Capping a 44-year run, the flagship Morning Call Coffee Stand (3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-885-4068) will close at the end of the month.
The 24-hour beignet and cafe au lait business was opened in the French Quarter in 1870 by Joseph Jurisch. In 1974, the shop's owners moved to a strip mall in Metairie amidst rent increases and redevelopment in the French Quarter.
In 2012, the shop expanded to a second location inside the Timken Center (56 Dreyfous Drive, 504-300-1157), formerly known as the City Park Casino Building. That spot will now be the main focus for owners Bob and Mike Hennessy, employees at the Severn Avenue shop said.
In 2014, the owners announced plans to close the Metairie shop, citing a steep increase in their rent, but ended up renegotiating their lease.
The City Park location is open 24 hours daily.