Thursday, August 31, 2017
[Updated] Starbucks opened today on Avenue A and St. Mark's Place
This location made the end-of-summer deadline by opening today...
The posted hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week... until 10 p.m. on weekends.
This location features a mural by Brooklyn-based artist Misha Tyutyunik, a custom piece that flows across three walls. According to the Starbucks newsroom, this collaboration was made possible via the East Village-based Citizens for the Arts.
[Image via Starbucks]
As previously reported, this wasn't a case where business was off and Nino's, the previous tenant, had to close. The pizzeria had to close on Oct. 21, 2015, due to a gas leak in the building. On Nov. 17, Nino's received an eviction notice. Owner Nino Camaj had said that the gas was shut off in the building without any notice to him.
In late November 2015, Camaj's lawyers were reportedly in discussion with landlord Citi Urban Management to dispute the rent charged for the month during which they weren't open due to the gas leak. Camaj still had 10 years left on his lease, and had been in court with the landlords.
He accepted a buyout in February 2016, after having been closed for nearly five months. Camaj told DNAinfo that he could no longer afford the $14,500 monthly rent. (Not to mention court expenses.) Camaj said that the rent for the corner space was $3,500 when he first opened in 1989. Starbucks is reportedly paying upwards of $40,000 a month for the space.
Today was apparently a soft opening with an early closing. An EVG reader stopped by early this evening to find it closed until tomorrow.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Starbucks confirmed for Avenue A
At the 'Not Another Starbucks Rally'