Nestled on a New York side street, a new type of laundromat has opened its doors, offering gourmet cheese sandwiches and drop-off laundry services.
“Our coffee shop is a bar, cafe and a laundromat. It’s a winning formula,” said 31-year old Lee Kerzner, a native New Yorker who opened the Wash House in the East Village last month. “The response from the local community has been amazing. We’re doing more laundry than we ever expected and selling out of coffee.”
The Wash House, the first laundromat-bistro of its kind in Manhattan, features local wood flooring and mirrors from an Upstate New York estate. It’s one of several new boutique-style businesses around the country offering food and laundry under one roof.
These hybrids are a contemporary spin on Duds ‘n Suds, a national laundry chain popular in the ’80s that featured beer and big-screen TVs. But these come with a local touch and inexpensive fine food.
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