Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Box Kite Coffee says goodbye, kind of



Box Kite Coffee closed after service on July 31.

To date, we haven't seen any kind of official statement about the closure here at 115 St. Mark's Place between Avenue A and First Avenue... (One former barista told Sprudge that "The location of the shop was never quite able to sustain the super premium coffee experience that it was set up to provide...")

That sentiment is echoed on a sidewalk chalkboard sign now set up inside the shop for passersby...



It reads:

"Time to quit drinking coffee, the sublime tastes of our myriad roasters cannot be made by Every Man or Woman or any 'Joe Coffee' on the block. Our 'More Stars Less Bucks' gift to NYC paid back in [hearts] many times over, but not in the old do-re-mi. Taste is the most important aspect of coffee and we were the only game in town."

Box Kite opened in December 2013. The UWS location of Box Kite remains open.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

uh, sorry your shop closed but

*massive eyeroll*

Anonymous said...

Gees sorry I missed it.

Anonymous said...

What a weird statement. Passive aggressive at best. Sorry they had to close. The storefronts in this neighborhood change too frequently.

Gojira said...

My God, you could cut the pretension with a knife.

Anonymous said...

I only drink coffee shat our of the ass of civits, this place was below me /sniff

Anonymous said...

Bullshit you were "the only game in town". On St.Mark's Place you mean? Big deal. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

So the peasantry doesn't appreciate their "sublime" tasting coffees ---cya!

I will continue getting my morning brew at my fav deli ...

Anonymous said...

Are those 'digs' at Everyman and Joe's?
Is there an indie coffee war brewing?

Anonymous said...

It's cool to think and believe certain things internally, we call this self-esteem, self-confidence etc. Such beliefs are usually best not broadcast to the world however, and for good reason. Leave it to other people to talk about how good you are etc.

Anonymous said...

This goes right along with the pretentiousness I encountered each time I went in there. There are plenty of other better games in town.

Anonymous said...

Again, I stopped going b/c 75% of the staff were less than helpful or friendly. This sign pretty much sums it up.

Anonymous said...

They can go BLOW ME!!!

Anonymous said...

As convenient as it seemed to have a coffee shop a few doors down from my apartment, it never seemed like a real business – just a place for a few pretentious douchebags to hang out with their friends and pretend to be a business.

With that bullshit farewell, I'll be happy to see them gone from the block. I hope they take that asshole who used to sit in their window with the laptop and unlit cigar.

eric said...

i hope you guys get another vape store.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like whoever wrote that note on that blackboard used up the last bit of their Bolivian marching powder to write it. This is what happens when delusions of grandeur meet harsh reality. Sad.

Anonymous said...

blame everyone else for your mistakes much? I'd had walk another block if you guys tasted like abraço's coffee. Or weren't (evidently) so full of yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Well their coffee may not have been bitter but their attitude sure was. Gather up your belongings and beat it.

Anonymous said...

The Drumpf of coffee shops.

Anonymous said...

I love how everyone on this blog has become a total asshole. I'm serious. I feel like my work is done here.

Anonymous said...

Chock full o' shit. People open a business and expect everyone to fawn over them. Try hiring pleasant and knowledgeable people. Try not to be douchey. Make yourselves part of the community. Give a shit before it closes.

Or not. Wait til it's over then whine in chalk. Bravo.

Anonymous said...

The sign now has an ad for a new manager and says they are going to open again.

Anonymous said...

When Boxkite opened I was excited, as a local business owner to see someone deliver awesome coffees to the city I love. More great options are better for us all. Sadly, almost immediately Boxkite revealed itself to be a precious shop- great coffees prepared preciously- preciously slow and preciously pretentious. Not all the people involved in Boxkite led to this. There were good people that worked there, but it's very difficult to challenge the vision and personality of ownership. Hospitality has to be a focus for any service industry establishment and it has to be trained. Oddly enough this coffee shop existed not to serve the community it once asked to support it. Boxkite identified itself as a place only for the few people with elite tastebuds sophisticated enough for the coffees they served. Here's the point that all good business owners realize... Your business exists to meet the needs of the customers and when you stop meeting their needs or you disrespect them they leave and they don't come back. That's something to respect. Respect your community and embrace your people. Keep drinking coffee where you feel comfortable and are cherished. Go to Third Rail, Everyman Espresso, Joe, Abraço, go to fucking Mudd if you want just don't go anywhere that has management and staff that doesn't appreciate you.

Anonymous said...

Nice Bright Lights, Big City reference 3:04pm :)