Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Blank Street is down to 1 East Village location

Photo by Steven

The Blank Street outpost on Third Avenue between Ninth Street and 10th Street closed earlier this month.

After an expansion tear, the V.C.-funded coffee chain launched in 2020 has closed two of three East Village locations (not including the kiosk in the Bowery Market). The space on First Avenue at 13th Street closed to the public in May and is now a "training + innovation lab."

The Blank Coffee on Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street remains in service.

As previously noted, not everyone is a fan of the company. Per the Times last year: "When word got out that Blank Street is not an independent chain like Variety or Bean & Bean, but an enterprise with global ambitions backed by private equity financing, many became curious — and sometimes suspicious."

Across the Atlantic, Blank Street opened in London last year and is debuting its first shop in Manchester next month.


Xeo said...

We *really* don't need a VC funded coffee place

Carol from East 5th Street said...

No great loss. Let's support small, local businesses.

noble neolani said...

To all those who want to support local businesses please don't park yourself and your MacBook at a table for 5 hours and think a $5 cup of coffee is a reasonable amount for your stay. I know cafe owners who are closing their business due to the WE WORK "customers" which are bleeding them dry. Go to a corporate chain place instead.

Emily said...


Anonymous said...

Definitely agree. But don’t stop going to blank street because of how they’re financed. Go cause they’re cheaper than Starbucks. Now that’s some good sense.