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Toby’s Estate to open Court Square cafe tomorrow

Toby’s West Village location

Feb. 1, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

A Brooklyn-based coffee chain is opening its first Queens storefront in Long Island City tomorrow.

Toby’s Estate, a local chain with four other locations throughout the city, will open its fifth cafe at 26-25 Jackson Avenue tomorrow morning, offering a variety of coffees and pastries.

The café will offer an extensive range of single-origin espressos and filter coffees, as well as cold brew coffee options. Though the food menu will be limited, it will include breakfast and brunch options such as Kossar’s bagels, and pastries and cookies from Brooklyn and New York-based bakers such as Bosie, Dough, Ovenly, The Good Batch, and Amy’s Bread.

“We are constantly looking for unique, neighborhood spaces that allow us to create special coffee experiences for our customers and this site is possibly one of our best,” co-owner Amber Jacobsen said in a statement.

The coffee chain has fully renovated the building, which used to be an artist studio and residence. The renovation included fully removing the upper floors to reveal 35-foot ceilings with exposed beams, with two brass chandeliers hanging down to light the space.

An 800-foot courtyard will open up in the spring for customers to sit outside while enjoying their coffee.

“Toby’s has created a stunningly beautiful new gathering spot where residents can meet, relax, and socialize, in a space that celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of LIC” said President of Rockrose Development Justin Elghanayan, who worked to bring Toby’s in to the neighborhood as part of its plan bring more businesses in to the Court Square area.

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Very excited! I’ve been anticipating this opening for months now! I can’t wait to visit! I hope they do some flowers sold there too just like their 5th Ave. location.


I’m glad Communitea has the space they do. It’s a great location and they have utilized the space well


actually the rent was super affordable, and Toby’s Estate is fantastic coffee.
Anyone who wanted to could have come in here and submitted an offer, and it would have been considered.

Toby’s estate will be a nice addition to the neighborhood as there isn’t much serving the area over here besides that shitty starbucks inside Citi Corp and coffee from Pumpernickel.
There’s a small espresso shop on Hunter Street in the Madison, but i do not feel it is well known. Delicious coffee from Friendly people.
love the interior there.


Sad to see that a developer did not give a local, Queens based, smaller cafe the chance to open a location there. Mr. Rockrose I guess felt the need to ‘import’ from Brooklyn as Queens not cool enough. Can think of several great spots in Astoria, Jackson Heights, LIC (not Sweetleaf/Coffeed) that could have opened there and solidified their business. Shame on Rockrose!


Brooklyn really knows how to slap Queens in the face dont they? With countless coffee places around LIC, they still make their way down in Queens territory.

look at a map recently?

Both Queens and BK are very large boroughs… none of the sweetleaf and coffeed locations are nearby this place.


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