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Philippe's raising the price of its 9-cent coffee


Looks like Philippe's is finally going to raise the price of its cup of joe. Rick Rojas writes:

Philippe's is best known for its legendary French dip sandwiches. But for regulars, nothing speaks to the eatery's historic L.A. feel than the 9-cent coffee on the menu. And the 1 extra cent of tax.

Since 1977, the legion of longtime customers at the restaurant on North Alameda Street north of downtown Los Angeles had grown accustomed to putting a dime on the counter and getting a hot cup of coffee in return.

But on Wednesday, management posted a surprising sign on the door: Starting Feb. 2, the price of an 8-ounce brew is going up 400% — to 45 cents. Add 5 cents in tax and the total price is 50 cents.

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