It was always unlikely that hipsters would choose the American company’s coffee over the many others on offer in Hackney and now local businessman Gurkan Bozdere has sold the lease he took on from Hackney council.
Early next year Italian Londoners Maia Rossi and Alessia Mastroleo, above, will unveil a bakery café at the CLR James Library, where Bozdere, set up his café in early 2012. The picture, above, at the time of opening, shows the sandwich board advertising Starbucks coffee.
A source close to the new team told Loving Dalston: “Starbucks was the wrong choice. Hackney people were never going to take to one of the big coffee retailers.” The coffee in the new café, Fügassa, Ligurian dialect for focaccia, would be “much better”.
The mere notion that Hackney council wanted Starbucks on a prime site in Dalston aroused fierce and sustained online criticism when the news broke.
It was thought Hackney should have given a local entrepreneur the chance to run the premises, which is passed by a lot of potential users and has fine transport links.
An irked Ian Burgess, of London Fields coffee-maker Climpson and Sons, told Loving Dalston at the time: “There are so many small independent and quality coffee operators around these parts.”
In the event the Dalston Library Café’s Starbucks attracted aspirational customers rather than young professionals. They were the ones crowding into nearby venues with their laptops and smartphones to drink skinny lattes.
David Altheer 021215
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