Long Islanders’ go-to spot for afternoon tea is shutting down.
Robinson’s Tea Room located at 97 Main St. in the Stony Brook Village Center announced as of Sept. 13 they are permanently closed. The owner said the difficult decision was due to “health issues.”
“Thank you for all the memories,” the shop’s announcement reads on Facebook. “It was a pleasure to get to know you all over the years.”
The owner clarified in a comment that the closure was not because of a landlord issue and that they have been supportive of their goal of finding a “suitable owner for the space.”
Robinson’s Tea Room transported guests to England with their variety of traditional British teas, scones, pastries, soups, salads and lunch.
The establishment was first opened in 1999 by former owner Loretta Vertucci, who named the business after her parents, Edith and John Robinson. Vertucci handed over the business in 2016 to Danielle Munoz and her father Glenn Treacher, who are both English.
The father and daughter duo continued to operate the establishment as an Americanized version of a traditional tea room. It became a way for them to feel closer to home.
Customers and community members expressed their sadness about the abrupt closure — many sharing fond memories of celebrating special occasions and enjoying the tea room’s pleasant atmosphere.
One commenter noted a “parallel” between the closure and the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Continue to follow greaterportjeff.com for updates on the future ownership of the space.
Top photo: Exterior of Robinson’s Tea Room. (Google Maps)