'Girls' Coffee Shop to Replace Starbucks in Grand Central Station
Girls-featured coffee shop Cafe Grumpy is moving in to Grand Central Station and replacing a Starbucks in the process.
The locally owned coffee shop, where characters from the HBO series work and hang out, is taking over Starbucks' space in the Manhattan train station.
Starbucks' lease was up and chain stores were prohibited from applying for the space, an MTA spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
"We try to keep a diverse mix of stores in Grand Central including a healthy proportion of local small businesses," the spokesperson added.
A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed that its location along Lexington Ave. in Grand Central will be closing this spring and said the company was upset it could not renew its lease.
"While we were saddened to hear about the decision to not renew our lease, we are proud to have been a part of the lives of our customers at this store for more than 15 years," the spokesperson said. "We remain committed to serving the New York community and our Grand Central Station customers at our downstairs location and other locations in the neighborhood."
Cafe Grumpy's website is already teasing the Grand Central location, and New Yorkers passing through the train station can see signage for the local coffee shop as they walk through on their way to Lexington Avenue.
Those in need of a Starbucks fix, though, won't have to go far to get a cup of coffee from the chain. There are several locations around Grand Central including one on the terminal's west side.
Cafe Grumpy has other locations in Brooklyn's Greenpoint and Park Slope and Manhattan's Chelsea, the Lower East Side and the Fashion District.
Starbucks has not yet responded to THR's request for comment.