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Philippe's celebrates Groundhog Day by raising coffee price 400%

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Philippe the Original, 1001 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90012

Philippe's 9-cent coffee will be but a shadow on Feb. 2 when the landmark L.A. French dip depot raises the price of their hot, wet caffeine to a whopping 45 cents on Groundhog Day.

Citing a rise in supply costs, the days of dime coffee (9 plus 1 cent tax) are done, according to a note posted on the door by management on Wednesday, the L.A. Times reported.

The restaurant, taking up residence at 1001 North Alameda Street since 1977, will still include coffee with breakfast at a price that remains easy to swallow. 

Old-fashioned and comfortably clockwork, the credit card-less establishment will still be giving away sawdust for free.

Our friends at Blogdowntown have more on this change in local tradition.