The Starbucks at 154 North 7th Street in Williamsburg will start selling wine and beer beginning at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, according to DNAinfo. The chain is experimenting with an expansion into alcoholic beverages and truffle-sprinkled small plates — branded as “Starbucks Evenings.”

The alcohol offering comes as no surprise. This location applied for a liquor license — which received some vocal community opposition — before opening last year. Local bars and eateries were concerned that the Starbucks’ new offerings might threaten business.

Though Community Board 1 initially rejected the Starbucks’ application for a license, the final decision was made by the State Liquor Authority, who granted it.


Starbucks signage went up earlier this week at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. There’s already furniture inside, and it looks like the storefront could open soon. Brooklynian says it’s scheduled to open September 27. The coffee chain signed a lease in June at 341 Eastern Parkway, where rents start at $2,575 for a one-bedroom.  GMAP


Multinational coffee giant Starbucks is opening its first Williamsburg location soon in the Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 405 Union Avenue. DNAinfo reported that the chain will open its doors in mid-summer.

This outpost will be the coffee franchise’s second north Brooklyn location, joining 910 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. We’ve known about this Starbucks since December, when Eater noticed job listings for this location on the Starbucks website. But if you want to rent an apartment in Starbucks’ building, it’ll cost you: two-bedroom, two-bath apartments there are asking $4,350 a month.

For years, Williamsburg residents said they feared the chain would open on Bedford Avenue, but Williamsburg remained notably Starbucks-free. But now that the neighborhood has a Dunkin’ Donuts on Bedford, American Apparel and an Urban Outfitters and is soon to get a J.Crew and Whole Foods, does it really matter any more?

First Williamsburg Starbucks Opening Mid-Summer [DNAinfo] GMAP
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Apparently the rumors are true: Starbucks is joining Capital One in the ground floor space at 341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, according to DNAinfo. This will be the coffee giant’s first store east of Flatbush Avenue. Most of its Brooklyn locations are concentrated in Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn, along with two in Park Slope and several scattered around Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Flatbush.

We don’t know what they’re paying for their 4,500 square feet of space, but the asking rent for Capital One was $100 a square foot. Both the bank and the coffee retailer are slated to open in the fall. And the eight-story, 63-unit building is ready to start leasing in July with rents ranging from $2,575 for a one-bedroom to $3,700 for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment.

We wonder what this will mean for the other Franklin Avenue coffee retailers, which include Pulp and Bean (two locations), Little Zelda, Breukelen Coffee House, as well as nearby Crosby Coffee and Glass Shop. What impact do you think the new coffee shop will have on the neighborhood?

Starbucks to Open First Crown Heights Location This Fall [DNAinfo] GMAP
341 Eastern Parkway Coverage [Brownstoner]