- Pardon me while I politely loot a venti.
Yup. It would seem that a Starbucks is coming to Williamsburg, in place of the now legendary Bagel Store, across from the impending Duane Reade/Walgreen’s. Gothamist spoke with Bagel Store owner Scott Rosillo, who said the following:
Right now I’m paying $7,300 a month. [My landlord] told me, okay, I’ll give you a break and only raise the rent to $14,500 a month. We can’t afford that, but he says that’s what Starbucks can pay.
And then the landlord, Yehuda Backer, said this:
I myself haven’t been in touch with anybody [about taking over the space]. We gave [Rosillo] an offer and he refused. Taxes have gone up 20 times on this building.
And then Reverend Billy said this:
Starbucks imitates cultures that are original and uses images of cafe society back when it was dangerous, i. e. Cabaret Voltaire, Paris, the beats… to sell its non-Fair Trade bad coffee. Williamsburg should break the windows every morning and surround the landlord with shame. Bring back the Bagel Store!
To which I say: Amen, brother. One less local business, one more box store. Not good.