Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today in rumors of another Starbucks opening in the East Village

Last week, when the "for rent" signs went up outside Kate's Joint on Avenue B, a reliable tipster told us, "There is a very real possibility that a Starbucks will open here."

Perhaps, though it seems unlikely given that Kate's has a full liquor license.

Meanwhile, today. EV Grieve reader Greg Masters spotted workers at the retail space of the newly unveiled 219 First Ave. at 13th Street.

"A construction worker at the site ... believes a Starbucks will be moving into the ground-level space."

History proves that construction workers aren't always the most reliable sources of information. New DOB permits show that work is starting today on an "interior fit-out of existing commercial space." No mention of a tenant just yet for 219 First Ave.

Still, the retail listing for 219 First Ave. was chain/franchise baiting... so you might expect something chainy-franchisey here...

8 comments:

Big Brother said...

"All uses considered" - How bout demo?

Anonymous said...

I'm confused though--the retail listing is for 219 First Avenue?

And if a Starbuck's truly does open on that corner, it will certainly bookend Ben Shaoul's evil planned condo shithole on the other corner at 5th and may all the people who frequent both end up in their old age at suburban nursing homes, surrounded by miles of malls with soulless, clone-like franchise after franchise after franchise, and then, may they be reborn as water bugs!

EV Grieve said...

@ anon 2:27

I modified the wording a little bit... it was confusing. The listing is for 219 First Ave.

glamma said...

Fingers crossed for no more starbucks!!!

Lexoo said...

there was some worked action inside kates joint this am too. just a guy in there w tools didnt stick around long enough to see what was happening...

Anonymous said...

Why isn't MEE NOODLE SHOP moving back ??

EVKiki said...

Egads! No more damn Starbucks!!!!! I am sick of having to walk by the one that's at 3rd and 1st where The Bean used to be. Time to call in Rev. Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping!

Anonymous said...

Just hope the old life cafe would reopen here or mars bar