Montague Street, Meet Your New Starbucks

It’s been rumored for a couple months, but confirmation is now at hand: Starbucks at 112 Montague Street is moving east… to 134 Montague Street, site of the former Nine West shoes, which closed in July 2010. While the current space will lose a lot of window vistas along the front, the folks at Heights Vision next door tell BHB that the new locale is deeper and actually offers more square footage.

Reasons for the move: Apparently, the one-story building at 112 Montague was a constant source of roof leaks and plumbing issues for Starbucks, while the building at 134 is being completely gutted, including the residential above. It looks like the Star was willing to sacrifice views for peace of mind. And knowing most ‘Bucks addicts, the extra block either way from Henry Street won’t make a hill of beans difference.

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  • James

    Any info on if it is going to be a seamless transition, or will the old location be closed for some period of time before the new one opened? God forbid I have to walk to the Court St. one.

  • lori

    Interesting, because I had heard that they would be moving to the space vacated by La Traviata.

  • PromGirl

    New location couldn’t be worse than the current one. Filthy restrooms, messy uncleared tables, overtaxed staff, and a bunch of unattractive hippie types taking up the same chair almost 24/7.
    So different from the Starbucks near my office near Wall Street. Very clean, no squatters, adequate staff, and people who are actually polite.
    Another added plus, very few strollers & out of control bratty children running wild disturbing customers.

  • lulu

    I’m guessing the old crowd will find the new spot…

  • Monty

    @PromGirl of all the wretches who frequent the Montague St Starbucks, I’m guessing most are nicer than you. Think about that for a minute.

  • Heightsman

    @PromGirl – couldn’t agree more. Hopefully less chairs for the swatters. I try many times to grab a quick coffee with a friend but the smelly crew is always in place. Find a home already. Yes, that might be you Monty.

  • Jorale-man

    I have to say, the current Starbucks on Montague does leave a lot to be desired in terms of ambiance. I’ve noticed that newer/renovated Starbucks tend to set a higher standard in customer behavior. Perhaps people are elevated by the nicer surroundings. It will be interesting to see if the new location prompts a better environment all around.

  • Cat

    “hopefully less chairs” = stunning grammar

  • JustANeighbor

    Amen, PromGirl. Or we can all just support a wonderful local spot like Iris Cafe. God knows the coffee is far superior and I’ll happily bus my table any day of the week in there.

  • PromGirl

    Where is Iris Cafe located?
    At Starbucks prices, I do mind having to clear off a table before sitting down, if you can find one that isn’t occupied day & night by the squatters.
    I also don’t much like drinking out of paper cups & no service at high prices.,
    Another culprit in the same genre is Tazza on Clark Street. Understaffed, cold ambiance, high prices, and often lots of attitude by the mostly grungy staff. Not customer friendly, and they don’t seem to care.
    I love Financier on Stone Street. Delicious coffee, authentic French pastries and desserts, coffee and tea served in cups by well trained, friendly, helpful staff AND less expensive than Starbucks.
    Maybe they would like to open in the Heights!

    If my post was a bit harsh, it is because of the pigsty conditions at Starbucks Montague.
    It would be nice to have a local cafe where one could go for a coffee and conversation with a friend, and have a pleasant experience. Not to mention having a clean restroom.

  • buddy

    I can’t wait for this circus to end. I live next door and these jerks have been renovating that building for well over a year now and basically ruined my once quiet apartment. And now a Starbucks? Ef this, I’m moving.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Support small businesses in New York City. If you don’t agree, call the Wahhhhhmbulance. All I have to say on the greedy corporation that is Starbucks.

  • Local Coffee

    I much prefer both Iris Cafe (20 Columbia Pl) and also Vineapple (Pineapple @ Henry)They are both independent and sell the far tastier Stumptown coffee. Iris gets their food from an upstate farm and Vineapple has free wifi and is close to the Heights cinema. Is it realistic to have high standards for the McDonalds of coffee? Good luck at your “new” location.

  • PromGirl

    I go where the best coffee is. I don’t give a rip about who owns a business as long it is clean, well run, politely staffed, with good product.
    We drove all the way out to VILLABATE in Bensonhurst this afternoon, for cappuccino. Outstanding! We also, of course, couldn’t resist, and got some Cannoli, cookies, and pastries. Their gelato is the best outside of Italy, but it was just too cold for me. Beautiful shop with helpful, friendly staff.

  • Matt

    This is a bit off-topic, but I actually like Tazza on Clark St. The window tables provide a great people-watching spot, and the pastries are ridiculously amazing. I’ve never had bad service there, though the people who work there are a bit terse. They don’t go out of their way to plaster a fake smile on their faces, but I’ve always found them to be efficient and competent.

  • PromGirl

    “a bit terse”, to say the least. Most seem a really unhappy lot. I think the coffee is good, but the pastries are outrageously overpriced. $5 for a slice of cake with no table service is a bit over the top. I think it is the owner who is the problem, not the staff. They keep it freezing in there because they say they need to keep their using from melting. To hell with the customers!
    I think they count on the heavy takeout traffic and neglect the rest. I find the ambiance to be cold with very harsh lighting; not an appealing place to sit with a friend, or with some tea.
    I actually prefer to go next door to Clark’s Corner, where the owners & waiters are friendly & attentive, and do their jobs.
    And the classical music is a pleasure compared to the loud trash rebounding off all those hard surfaces at Tazza.

  • IH8Bux

    I do not go to Starbucks anymore! I love Connecticut Muffin–so much more friendlier and inviting! They have this new person who works at SB and he is the most unpleasant and annoying person I’ve ever come across. They need to choose their staff a little more carefully!

  • She’s Crafty

    I rarely go out for coffee to sit in the shop, usually I just get takeout from Lassen and the coffee is fine. I’m not really a fan of Starbucks actual coffee to begin with. I don’t like the coffee at Tazza either (too strong) and I prefer to add my own milk, so there. Never tried Vineapple and Ct Muffin is fine, nothing special. It’s just coffee people!