Residents above the Crosstown have long decried the lack of caffeine options in their neighborhood, but it looks like they will soon have an abundance on their hands. It was announced last month that Brooks Reitz and Tim Mink were to open St. Alban, an all day European-style café, on the Westside. Then, Karalee Nielsen told us about The Park Café going into the old Granville's spot. However, for purists who wish to keep their espressos separate from their wine bars, the duo that brought Black Tap Coffee to Beaufain Street will be releasing a second shop near Hampton Park.
Black Tap co-owners Jayme Scott and Ross Jett go in front of the Board of Zoning Appeals on December 17 to plead their case for taking over the small space at 106 Grove St. This address currently houses the aging Ark Lounge. While many have not set foot inside this bar, it's safe to assume it's a dive. Jett tells Eater that Wagner Terrace residents curious about the shop are invited to stop by their current location this weekend (December 14-15) for a free beverage with proof of residency. They hope this will also help build support for their zoning hearing.
· Restaurateur Reitz; Westside Café Sounds Swank [-ECHS-]
· Details on Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen and The Park Café [-ECHS-]
· Tales From the Ark [Blogspot]