Madman Espresso has closed its location on 14th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. (H/T to EVG regular Pinch for the tip!)
There's now a sign hanging on the door titled Good Bye & Good Luck:
Madman Espresso adventure in the East Village/Gramercy area comes to an end. A nice lady bought our shop. They will renovate and reopen in a couple of weeks.
If you really can't live without us, please come see us at University Place and 10th Street or in one of our Midtown locations.
That "nice lady" is apparently Talitha Whidbee, who founded Champion Coffee in 2006 in Greenpoint.
Champion announced their new location(s) on Instagram back in December...
✖️EXCITING NEWS✖️ • Our Christmas gift to you this year comes in the form of a big announcement: We are kicking off 2018 with the opening of - not just one - but TWO new @championcoffee locations in Manhattan! • 210 E 67th | *Coming January 2018* 319 E 14th | *Coming February 2018* • Can’t wait to see you all there and share our yummy coffee with friends, both new and old ☕️
Madman Espresso opened on 14th Street, its first location, in January 2013. The University Place outpost arrived in 2015.
Champion Coffee was one of the first vendors at the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food market at 348 Bowery and Great Jones, but they eventually pulled out for undisclosed reasons.