Just days after Au Breve put out this signboard sending a shot across the bow of the Dunkin’ Donuts that recently opened a block away, the Cooper Square espresso bar has shut up shop, placing a considerably less cheeky sign on its doors to notify customers that it’s “closed for renovations.”
Was Dunkin’ the nail in the coffin for the pint-sized store serving a decent cup of joe to a clientele arguably made up of NYU and Cooper Union students? Or is Au Breve just gearing up for round two of the fight?
We’ve reached out to its owners for comment. In the meantime rest assured that Cafe Zaiya, on the other side of Dunkin’, is still going strong: an employee reached there yesterday said she hadn’t noticed any downtick in business since the chain opened.
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.
While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.
First sign of Dunkin’ on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)
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Signage recently went up informing the ‘Burg that a Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the corner of North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, replacing the old Northside Pharmacy. The reaction was instantaneous: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” someone scrawled on the banner yesterday. The Twitterverse had its say, too, and most Tweeters were, uh, noticeably frustrated. Here now are the top ten reactions to the Dunkin’. More →