One of the worst kept secrets about the retail space at Monroe Street Market in recent months has been an anticipated Starbucks Cafe. Now it appears that plans are moving forward for the location with the application under the Trade Name Starbucks Coffee for a Class D (beer and wine) license. According to the ABRA notice, the application is for “A coffee shop that offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats”. Unless there are protests it looks like the license would be granted by late August. However, we popped over to the location yesterday and it looks like the store build out has not begun yet.
Frankly, with the coffee counter in Busboys and Poets, the Starbucks within Barnes and Noble (both across the street) and the Filter coffee shop less than two blocks away, we find the move a bit of a head-scratcher. But, I don’t doubt it will be a popular destination nonetheless. We will keep an eye out for any progress, like an opening date.
The location of the future Starbucks is 655 Michigan Avenue, N.E, which is the ground-level retail space at the rounded end of the Portland Flats building (across from Busboys and Poets.)