Popular Cafe 2nd Location Opens on Upper West Side: Report

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — An up-and-coming New York City coffee company is expanding its Upper West Side presence with the opening of a second neighborhood location, ILoveTheUpperWestSide recently reported.

Blank Street will open another outpost after renovating a storefront at 190 Columbus Ave., between West 68th and 69th streets.

There is no confirmed opening day yet, but the business is currently looking for welcome customers around the end of May or the beginning of June.

The coffee company that focuses on small storefronts and quick service previously opened a UWS outpost in November 2021 at the corner of West 79th Street and Broadway.

The Brooklyn-born, small-format specialty coffee company was founded in 2020 and has already expanded to more than 25 locations across the city.

The rapid growth is made possible in part by a handful of its outposts operating from mobile coffee carts.

He also received serious funding.

In October 2021, Blank Street announced a $25 million investment from General Catalyst and Tiger Global in the company to aid its rapid retail expansion.

Blank Street was founded by Vinay Menda and Issam Freiha, who both moved to New York to attend college at NYU and Columbia.

After graduating, the duo co-founded a New York-based venture capital fund called Reshape which oversees $100 million in assets. The couple then turned to coffee, a plan they started considering in college.

Its goal is to open 100 locations across New York City by the end of 2022.

“Blank Street was born out of the idea that good coffee should be priceless,” reads the About section of Blank Street’s website. “We invest in the right things – better coffee, great baristas, local vendors and better value for our neighbors.”

Its menu features all types of coffee, baked goods, gluten-free options, breakfast tacos, and seasonal drink specials depending on when you visit.

Pitches are generally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and do not have a place to sit.

Patch will update this article when the exact opening date is known.