The Jewish owner of a New York City coffee shop was overwhelmed by an outpouring of community support after his pro-Palestine baristas walked off the job.
Caffe Aronne in Manhattan was looking at shutting its doors on Tuesday after workers quit en masse over owner Aaron Dahan’s support of Israel in the ongoing war with Hamas. The baristas chose to walk out rather than engage in meaningful conversation with the Jewish owner over the Free Palestine pins they wore to work at the Upper East Side café.
“Our staff was young. They think they know everything, liberal, college-educated,” Dahan told the New York Post on Tuesday.
“They think we’re supporting genocide, we’re supporting colonialism. They know the keywords but they don’t really know what they mean,” added the 25-year-old owner who began displaying an Israeli flag in the shop a few weeks back and launched a fundraiser to aid the Israeli Red Cross – Magen David Adom.
But “our staff was not for it,” according to Dahan who told The Post that five baristas have left jobs at the coffee shop since Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on Oct. 7.
Amid the chaos created by the barista walkout, the community came out in droves to show its support, with customers seen in videos waiting in a line that stretched around the block at the cafe which has only been in operation for 10 months.
Am Yisrael Chai Latte! ☕️
This video was just taken at Caffè Aronne, a coffee shop on 71st and Lexington in NYC, where the line is 2 blocks long!
The owner of the coffee shop, Aaron Dahan, has been donating proceeds to Israel since October 7th, and has also been flying an… pic.twitter.com/dcNVvfPgTr
— Rabbi Shmuel Reichman (@ReichmanShmuel) November 7, 2023
Dahan recounted how he tried to communicate with the baristas before they quit.
“We knew our staff. We knew they were thinking these things. I said, ‘Let’s go for dinner. Let’s sit. Let’s ask questions. Let’s learn. Let’s realize that we’re not all here trying to kill each other,” he said.
But facing a catering event Tuesday, Dahan realized he could not operate the shop without the workers and called on his mother to help by closing its doors.
“He called me up. He said, ‘Mom, I’m doing a private event. I need to close the shop. I said, ‘Aaron, I’m not letting anybody close your shop,’” Peggy Dahan told The Post, admitting she had a crash course in learning how to use the cash register and how to “pour a cold brew and use the espresso machine.”
Scoop: The owner of Caffe Aronne in Manhattan has been donating proceeds to the Israeli equivalence of the Red Cross. Staff at the Upper Eastside location became upset and began wearing Palestine symbols in protest before all quitting. Now, many in the Jewish and/or Israeli… pic.twitter.com/G4ffzZkiPN
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) November 7, 2023
“Around 70 people were lined up outside the shop, stretching down Lexington Avenue and 71st Street. while many held Israel’s flag around 1 p.m. The store has seen a significant bump in customers after news spread about their baristas, with local doctors and rabbis stopping in and encouraging people to buy gift cards and purchase menu items,” the Post reported.
This is Caffé Aronne today. The line wraps around the block. This is the strength of our community.
Lines in this city are never things to be excited about. This is one line I will happily get behind. Excited to visit later today. pic.twitter.com/Dqb9VwnjYi
— AYM Higher (@AYM_Higher_) November 7, 2023
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ira L. Savetsky put out the word about his “favorite” cafe to his nearly 50k followers on Instagram.
“Nearly all of the workers at my favorite cafe, @caffearonne, just down the block from my office, quit today because the owner is a proud Jew and supporter of Israel,” wrote Savetsky whose wife is former “Real Housewives of New York” star, Lizzy Savetsky.
“Please everyone go support them by visiting them at 71st and Lexington, buying gift cards, donating to their ambucycle for @magen_david_adom, and leave them a positive review on Google!” he added in the post which included a video of him describing what happened alongside Peggy Dahan.
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“It’s insane what’s going on,” Peggy Dahan said. “What happened this morning is I got all these texts from people I don’t even know saying, ‘Peggy, we’re coming.’ I walk in, two people were hugging me at 8:30 a.m.”
“Now there’s a line around the corner. It just shows what an amazing community we have,” she added.
A story circulated on Jewish group chats today that the baristas at Caffe Aronne on the upper east side quit en masse because of the owner’s support for Israel. I sent to a friend in NYC and she just sent me this pic of a line around the block. pic.twitter.com/Fx6zyTUSwQ
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) November 7, 2023
Caffe Aronne right now, the NYC coffee shop whose owner has been sending proceeds to Israel and whose baristas all quit and whose mother is now manning the store. Line still wraps around the block at 5pm pic.twitter.com/BsVgsqhVQJ
— Andrew Ghalili (@AndrewGhalili) November 7, 2023
“All this antisemitism is very frightening,” said Bina Dabbah, a resident of the Upper East Side neighborhood who offered to “wash the dishes, to mop the floors” to help.
“I know the baristas here and it’s just very upsetting that all these young people are – I don’t know what they are, ignorant? Hateful? Brainwashed? It’s very scary this is what’s happening in this country, but I hope somebody knows how to fix it because it’s really scary,” she told The Post.
Customers lined around the block for coffee at Caffe Aronne in the UES singing, “Am Yisrael Chai,” as the owner greets everyone.
“We got a lot of applications,” he said after baristas quit en masse because of his support for Israel. pic.twitter.com/naHZNNfgh8
— Caroline Downey (@carolinedowney_) November 7, 2023
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