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Williamsburg-based cafe to open Long Island City location

Black Star Bakery location

June 14, 2017 Staff Report

A cafe/bakery based in Williamsburg is opening a location in Hunters Point.

Black Star Bakery, located at 595 Metropolitan Avenue, is opening a cafe at 2-14 50th Avenue, in the space that was formerly occupied by Beans, Grapes and Leaves.

LICtalk was first to report the story.

Workers at Black Star confirmed the opening and said the menu would be similar to the Brooklyn location.

Brooklyn location

The Brooklyn cafe offers an extensive coffee menu, sandwiches, pastries and breakfast items.

The menu is similar to what Beans, Grapes and Leaves offered, which closed in August 2016 after being open for about two years.

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“The menu is similar to what Beans, Grapes and Leaves offered, which closed in August 2016 after being open for about two years.”
Owner 1: I have an idea. Let’s open a place that serves the same thing as the place that couldn’t make it in that location.
Owner 2: Yeah, sounds like a great idea.
Owner 1: Yeah, because, you know, we’re better!
Owner 2: Totally.
Owner 1: This should work out great.
Owner 2: Agreed.


Crystal Wolfe

Cafes are awesome! The more the merrier! The ideal spot to hang out. And coffee bring instant happiness! Like dancing. haha


WOW!! A place that serves breakfast during actual breakfast hours. It is surprisingly hard to get breakfast in LIC, with the exception of diners, before 11:00 on the weekends. Really silly considering the amount of families that unfortunately are up at the crack of dawn everyday.


“extensive coffee menu, sandwiches, pastries and breakfast items” — Oh, how clever. Just what LIC needs. I can’t wait till more franchises arrive. Starbucks has arrived. Let’s keep em coming. Enough with these owners waking up one morning, going to wholefoods to pick up some mixed green, avocados, and a “30 grain bread thats still alive” and than basing an entire restaurant around it. Oh yes, and can’t forget Toby’s, Intelligent-what ever coffee.


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