Lazy Llama Coffee, a new East Village cafe, is coming to the space that most recently hosted the second iteration of Bluebird Coffee. Confusing, I know. Here’s the entire history of this space as a cafe.
Back in 2008, Simon Sips – of Bryant Park kiosk fame – opened an attractive small plates / craft beer / specialty coffee shop in this space, which unfortunately failed quickly due to a delayed opening that occurred smack dab at the beginning of the financial crisis and a bitter winter.
It then became the first incarnation of Bluebird Coffee, a fave of ours, for friendly service, baked goods and quality coffee, but the owners sold out to Alexander Hall of Cafe Madeline and Milk Bar, and more recently, Brunswick Cafe, in 2011.
This second incarnation lasted until present day, late 2015. Alexander Hall also recently closed a nearby branch of Brunswick Cafe on Clinton Street (formerly known as Rosella Coffee). Humorously, to me, EV Grieve attributes the Bluebird closing in part to this being a competitive area for coffee, when in fact, there is no good coffee within many blocks. Hopefully Lazy Llama will hold up in this regard.continue reading