Rutledge Coffee and Cream calling it quits

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Just five days after being featured in The Post and Courier's list of better local coffee shops, Rutledge Coffee & Cream is calling it quits. Their last day will be Saturday, January 31.

Read more stories on this subject in our coffee topic page.The Post and Courier's write-up serves almost effectively as the shops obituary:
For five years, Tony Jones has owned and run this spot that caters to and attracts a different slice of life that isn't well-represented, as least in this state. When you walk into Rutledge Coffee and Cream, you're sure to hear some laid-back music playing, such as the Grateful Dead. The seating is limited, but with patience, you can find a place to sit and enjoy the scenery. There is also a parking lot for your car. The menu is full of great food with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. This place attracts more than your run-of-the-run-of-the-mill personalities.

Oh, Rutledge Coffee & Cream, you were outside of my radius, so I rarely visited, but I'll miss the diversity you brought to Charleston's coffee shops.

A quick phone call asking as to why, brought back a response of "just a lack of sales, lack of business, lack of everything."

Stop by, say goodbye, and help them out and buy a coffee and snack.

511 Rutledge Avenue in downtown Charleston, open seven days from 8:30 to 3:30. (843) 723-2232.