In the summer of 2014 we first heard about a Starbucks that would be opening in the former L2 Cafe location at 22nd and South. The coffee chain never came to fruition here. Instead there was a pizza and beer spot called Growler’s that was expected in 2015, but also never opened.
Now guess who’s back? Construction has begun to bring a Starbucks location to South Street West.
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The business will take over the first floor, and there will be four rental apartments upstairs.
Two years ago when this first emerged as a possibility, we wondered whether Starbucks would change the character of South Street West. We’re still not sure, but we’re inclined to believe that the corridor will continue to evolve slowly and improve incrementally, as it has in recent years.