Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sad News and a Call To Arms

I try to keep this blog positive, but sometimes circumstances dictate a call to arms. First, Dunkin' Donuts announced plans to double the number of stores it has. This is one of the signs of the Apocalypse. There is already one on every other block in Manhattan now. America has been lulled into believing that they actually sell good coffee and doughnuts. They do not.

Second, Fete Coffee, a wonderful spot on 3rd avenue and 20th street, has closed. Great coffee, a comfortable setting and a lovely owner weren't enough to survive. I guess the DD on 20th street, new 7-11 right next door and the Starbucks on 23rd street were too much.

My fellow New Yorkers, this must stop. We are becoming just another suburban strip mall. Support your local coffee spot folks or it will be nothing but DD, Subways, 7-11s and Starbucks as far as the eye can see. 9th Street Espresso and The Doughnut Plant are good places to start.


  1. Very sad to hear about this! One of the things I brag about the most are the coffee shops we used to go to.....

  2. Sad to see - I loved Fete. 3rd ave is strip malled beyond recovery.

  3. Does NYC really *want* to sell its soul this way? Our soul-selling used to be so much more interesting--strip clubs, gin joints, smoky rock-n-roll joints... I hate DD coffee, am no fan of Starbucks (remember when you could only get it on the West Coast & it was a big treat to bring it back East?)...make it stop!

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