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“Seinfeld” diner faces disability lawsuit

The eatery’s landlord, Columbia University, is also being sued

August 16, 2014 12:00PM

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Tom’s Restaurant

Tom’s Restaurant

Tom’s Restaurant, better known as “Seinfeld’s” fictitious “Monk’s Café,” is facing a lawsuit for not being handicapped-accessible.

Wheelchair-bound Carolyn Coleman filed a lawsuit against the Morningside Heights diner because she can’t get in the door. Coleman told the New York Post that she wants to eat at the restaurant “because it’s near my doctors’’ at St. Luke’s Hospital, but “can’t because there’s no way I can get inside or maneuver.”

Coleman is seeking more than $30,000 in damages and a court order that would force Tom’s to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The suit targets both the restaurant, located on Broadway at 112th Street, and it’s landlord, Columbia University.

Tom’s manager, Manuel Papas, admitted to the Post that they don’t accommodate wheelchairs, saying, “We no have access for handicapped.”

“But we have tables outside, though, that they can use. It’s not a problem in the summertime,’’ he said. [NYP] Christopher Cameron

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