Kiva Han, the eclectic coffee shop in Oakland, located on a prominent corner of South Craig and Forbes across from the Carnegie Museum, will be closing after Feb. 19.
The news has quickly spread on Twitter and other social media sites, as many lamented the loss of a neighborhood staple, beloved for its bathroom-wall graffiti, free board games and generally anti-corporate atmosphere. It opened in the mid-1990s.
It will be replaced by The Bagel Factory. June Feldstein, co-owner of the local bagel chain and catering company along with her son, David and Charles Avalli, said they had hoped to make a big announcement about the new location, but were trumped by discussion on social networking sites.
They take over the lease on March 1, but are planning an extensive renovation, so it won't open until summer. It will be open late to accommodate students, and will deliver to the entire Oakland area, said Ms. Feldstein.
They're not without misgivings about moving into Oakland. "Parking," said Ms. Feldstein, "does worry me." She plans to seek advice from other local businesses on how to provide parking for employees.