FORT GREENE — In the last week Connecticut Muffins in both Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene have closed their doors because of rent hikes, according to employees.
Both locations — one at 115 Montague St. and the other at 59 Lafayette Ave. — have been open more than a decade and were popular with locals who frequented both locations to sip coffee and munch on sandwiches, sweets, soups and muffins.
A sign on the door of the Montague Street location thanks customers for "19 years of business" and notes that the Brooklyn Heights patronage "has allowed the brand to flourish and grow over the years."
Connecticut Muffin opened it newest outlet at Nostrand Avenue and Bergen Street in Crown Heights two years ago and also has locations in Windsor Terrace, Clinton Hill, Ditmas Park and Park Slope.
The chain originated in New Canaan, Conn. and is owned by brothers Yasser, Mohamed and Ahmed Abdelhadi.
Sunday night all of the items — including chairs, tables and ovens — at the Brooklyn Heights café were auctioned off and newspapers cover the windows at both locations.
Employees at the Brooklyn Heights location said the two cafés had shuttered because of rent hikes in both of the buildings.
The building owners at both locations along with the Abdelhadi brothers could not be reached for comment.