Starbucks on Franklin Ave?
  • Or go to neither, because they enjoy good coffee (RIP Glass Shop).
  • What is the story of Bella greens?
  • It was a salad bar that lasted about six months b/w Sterling and Park. That's the problem with failed business - people forget they fail and then try to open their own version of the previous failure.
  • Tony certainly hopes his present customers will remain loyal, but is well aware that much of his business comes from people passing thru the area.

    They may go to the familiar Starbucks.

    Re: Bella Greens. It failed for many reasons, most of which do not apply to Tony. He can run a business, and understands meeting the means and preferences of enough people to stay in business...
  • ap said:

    I'm amazed by how fast the interior of this Starbucks has taken shape.



    Same here.  Pretty impressive operation.
  • whynot_31 said:

    Tony certainly hopes his present customers will remain loyal, but is well aware that much of his business comes from people passing thru the area.

    They may go to the familiar Starbucks.

    Re: Bella Greens. It failed for many reasons, most of which do not apply to Tony. He can run a business, and understands meeting the means and preferences of enough people to stay in business...



    Bella Greens failed because the owners could not run a business.  30 minutes for a salad was the norm.  I tried to go often and was just too frustrated.  I once ordered chopped egg on my salad...and they proceeded to take out a pot to boil some water in.  A small store-front that was only for to-go salads will not survive when your entire lunch break is taken up ordering - and that is assuming no one else was waiting ahead of you.
  • Bella Greens also lacked economies of scale, causing them to have to pay almost retail for their ingredients.

    ...whereas Tony has economies of scale and an established complimentary brand.
  • Just for reference, Bella Greens was in the tiny space that now is a clothing store next to J's Wong, just south of Park Place on Franklin.  This space also used to be a tattoo parlor. 
  • I never went to Bella Greens, but I think a salad bar (with a quicker service and a lot of toppings to chose from) sounds excellent.
  • whynot_31 said:

    They have to pay a penalty if isn't ready on time.    


    BTW, here's the photo of the day:


    CAM00652

    Ah, to be idealist and in one's 20s.

    I just state over and over:    It is isn't about what an area needs.   It is about what an area will support.


    Picked up by Brownstoner today: http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/09/two-protest-crown-heights-soon-to-open-starbucks/#comment-1574452

    Some of their comments are worth reading.
  • I'm not surprised either -- there was a Starbucks near my old job that literally turned around their space in a week. They have it down to a science, and they have all the pieces for the interior ready to go at a moment's notice. 


  • Even if you don't like Starbucks, they provide valuable public-restrooom services. I, personally, can't think of another place to poop for free within a 5-block radius.
  • Or a place to do a diaper change in the winter!
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