Showing posts with label Blank Street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blank Street. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2022

Why Blank Street Coffee seems everywhere, and maybe that's not a good thing

Photo on Avenue A from last fall

ICYMI: Several EVG readers passed along this piece from the Times last week titled "It's Not Just You — Blank Street Coffee Is Suddenly Inescapable." 

Four outposts (Avenue A, First Avenue, Third Avenue and the Bowery Market) have arrived in the East Village since last fall. 

Per the Times:
The rapid expansion has piqued the interest of New Yorkers, who became especially alert to changes in the streetscape during the pandemic. 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.
And...
To fuel that growth, Blank Street raised $67 million last year; investors include high-profile venture capital funds like General Catalyst and Tiger Global, the founders of Allbirds and Warby Parker, and the real estate giant Tishman Speyer 
With that kind of backing, [co-founders] Mr. [Issam] Freiha and Mr. [Vinay] Menda had anticipated rapid growth. They did not anticipate that by debuting in Williamsburg and advertising their support for local business, they would invite the kind of scrutiny normally reserved for Met Gala outfits and Mets pitchers. Skeptics, who see Blank Street as an avatar of gentrification and automation, and resent the use of Wall Street money to compete with local businesses, have aired their objections on social media.
@livlaskowski i physically can’t stop myself from commenting on niche coffee news I’m sorry #blankstreet ♬ Just a Cloud Away - Pharrell Williams
Back to the Times... 
Jalen Williams, a product support engineer, stopped going to Blank Street soon after the very first brick-and-mortar shop opened on Bedford Avenue in his neighborhood. "People realized they were just here to check the Williamsburg box," he said.
As Eater pointed out in its brief — titled "The Oppressive Blah-ness of the Blank Street Coffee Chain" — about the article, Blank Street "has the potential to threaten mom-and-pop coffee shops." 

And how does it stack up against other chains? Per the Times, a 16-ounce Blank Street iced latte costs $4.25; at Dunkin’, $3.75; and at Starbucks, $5.50.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Coffee talk

As seen outside the recently opened Blank Street coffee on First Avenue and 13th Street...
"Caffeine [or caffiene] is a drug! And expensive shit. Smoke pot. Ha! ha!"

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Blank Street continues East Village expansion with outpost on 1st Avenue

Updated July 1: This branch is now open

A new location of Blank Street coffee is coming to the NE corner of First Avenue at 13th Street (opposite the Starbucks on the NW corner).

Blank Street also carries products from local brands, including King Street Baking Co. and King David Tacos

Our previous post (here) has more background about Blank Street.

This will make the fourth outpost in the EV area for the fast-growing coffee brand. Last fall saw the arrival of branches at 149 Avenue A ...36 Third Ave. ... and in the Bowery Market

This storefront was last a GNC, which shuttered in the summer of 2020. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

ICYMI: Blank Street debuts on Avenue A

As noted back on Friday, Blank Street debuted its third East Village outpost since late October...  at 149 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street.


The Avenue A location is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and carries products from local brands, including King Street Baking Co. and King David Tacos

Meanwhile, in other coffee news along Avenue A... Peter Brownscombe reports that a regular cup of coffee at Ray's Candy Store is now $1.25, a price increase of 25 cents.
As it has been widely reported, the price of coffee continues to escalate ("skyrocketing," per Fast Company).

Still, as Peter notes, the cup for $1.25 is an excellent value for your money. And FYI: a regular drip at Blank Street sells for $2.50.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Free coffee alert: Blank Street debuts on Avenue A today

Blank Street has opened an outpost at 149 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street. (Thanks to the reader for the pic!)

There's free coffee today. (Friday!)

This makes the third EV outpost top open in recent weeks for the fast-growing company ... joining the one at 36 Third Ave. and in the Bowery Market

Blank Street also carries products from local brands, including King Street Baking Co. and King David Tacos

Our previous post (here) has more background about Blank Street.

This storefront was previously Susan Nail & Spa.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Blank Street is now open at 36 3rd Ave.

Blank Street made a quick debut at 36 Third Ave. ... the coffee shop opened on Saturday between Ninth Street and 10th Street. 

The fast-growing company only made it official here a few weeks ago. Blank Street also just unveiled an outpost in the Bowery Market several blocks to the south. 

Like other locations, the Third Avenue shop offers products from local brands, including King Street Baking Co. and King David Tacos

Our previous post (here) has more background about Blank Street.