TriStar builds a coffee shop in TriBeCa -- The company is building its own place to shoot ''Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip''

By Nisid Hajari
Updated July 23, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Not satisfied with the thousands of greasy spoons in Manhattan, TriStar is building its own coffee shop from scratch for its $20 million romantic comedy, Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip. According to a letter posted at the TriBeCa construction site, nowhere in the Big Apple could the production find ”a smallish, funky looking building that would be large enough inside to fit a film crew…with great vistas, views, and camera possibilities.”

”It is a luxury,” admits producer Mike Lobell, who won’t disclose the cost of the construction. ”We still have to build it to code, but we can really do what we want.” Not everyone views Hollywood’s spendthrift ways so cavalierly. Chuck Harris, a businessman and owner of the buildings that surround the site, was informed of the plans on a Friday afternoon. At 7 a.m. on Monday, he says, ”they woke my kid, who was in bed with a 105 fever, with jackhammers under the window.” Still, the promise of stars Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda has other locals thinking differently. Muses one woman, ”Maybe I could sublet my bathroom as Fonda’s powder room.”