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'Tip of the Tongue' Closes Lincoln Road Shop Amid Rising Costs, Owners Say

 The Tip of the Tongue cafe closed in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, its owners said this week.
The Tip of the Tongue cafe closed in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, its owners said this week.
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Tip of the Tongue

PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — Tip of the Tongue has served its last croissants on Lincoln Road.

Citing rising operating costs and a desire to have more time with family, the owners of the popular cafe at 43 Lincoln Rd., near Flatbush Avenue, announced its closure in a letter to customers Tuesday.

"It just wasn't fun anymore," the co-owners wrote.

The co-owners, who signed the letter as simply "Scott, Eric and Jake," confirmed what residents began noticing last week: Tip of the Tongue was closed — “for good,” the email read.

“We use that phrase ‘for good’ intentionally over ‘permanently’ as we do feel that it is ‘for good.’ For the good of our personal health, our family's health and the health of our future,” the owners said.

Rising operating costs for things like repairs and maintenance, combined with staffing headaches pushed them toward the decision, they said.

“All of that coupled with a desire to invest more in our family than in the store, and have more balance overall, led us to the conclusion that it's time to move on,” they wrote.

The store has been located at 43 Lincoln Rd. for three years, serving baked goods, sandwiches, coffee and tea. It became a hub for locals on-the-go because it's in front of a stop for four bus lines, next to the Prospect Park train station and a block from the park itself.

But hope is not lost for Tip of the Tongue fans. The group opened a second location in Prospect Park last year, serving food and drinks at the Picnic House on the park’s west side.

According to the Prospect Park Alliance, that location is still going strong and the group is not aware of any plans by the owners of Tip of the Tongue to close or reconfigure that cafe.

It’s unclear if Tip of the Tongue will continue its active catering business.

The owners of the shop did not immediately return a request for comment.