A coffee war is about to brew in Fishtown.
I have it on solid (coffee) grounds that sometime this year, Starbucks plans to bring a huge store to the hot neighborhood, which is largely free of chain retailers and restaurants.
Will Moscowitch of MSC Retail confirmed the persistent neighborhood chatter. Starbucks, which had considered opening one of its fancier Reserve stores there, said late Friday that it would be an ordinary Starbucks, though a representative of the developer, Bucks County's Trinity Realty, said it would be a "high-profile" store.
The site is under construction at 1405-21 Frankford Ave., across the street from City Fitness and Cheu Noodle Bar. The building, once the site of a warehouse and community garden, will be known as Penn Treaty Residences. It will house 33 apartments and one other ground-floor business in addition to the Starbucks, which will take 2,500 square feet on the Belgrade Street side of the property. An opening date is not set.
Moscowitch said Starbucks was impressed with the building's 16-foot ceilings and would open a store that would be "unique to the neighborhood."
The store — as it's only fair to point out — is literally a block north on Frankford from La Colombe's massive flagship store.