Esther Bell, owner of the Union Avenue cocktails ‘n coffee joint named after Bushwick-born bombshell Mae West, is a dame that knows the ropes, and, according to Mae: “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
Here’s hoping. Gothamist spilled the beans with yesterday’s statement from a Starbuck’s district manager that the Seattle-based behemoth’s first Williamsburg store will be
misspelling names on frappee-blendy cruncha-hooey cups open for business “first thing Monday morning, July 21st,” a mere block from The West’s digs at 379 Union Avenue.
Loyal shop regular Douglas Turner opined on The West’s website that the juxtaposition of Starbucks and The West “will only help to highlight the best of what a locally owned business has to offer.” Like cocktails, craft beer, and a backyard, maybe?
Yes, and in Bell’s own words:
“We have bathrooms, too… no seriously we’ve always been about supporting the community—we have great locally roasted coffee, craft beer, and cocktails. But above all, our neighbors come to us because they feel we are an extension of their home, or a comfortable place to work and have a good time.”
Brooklyn Roasting Company weighed in with a call to “join us in continuing to support The West, who have made a point of carrying local vendors. Plus, unlike Starbucks, The West (just like BRC) uses non-GMO local farm fresh milk from Battenkill Cream.”
So, all that, and a bag of chips: The West isn’t likely to take too much of a shot to the wallet, since they do offer a fully-stocked liquor bar and no less than 14 craft beers on tap. And, as neighborhood resident Roswitha Graser told Gothamist, “…to me Starbucks kind of tastes like soap.”
The West Brooklyn
379 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
Monday – Saturday 7am – 2am // Sunday 7am – midnight, Free Wifi!