Some good news coming over the tip line this afternoon: Leaf and Bean, the charming coffee and tea shop that closed back in January after nearly 40 years on Seventh between Union and Berkeley, will be re-opening soon, very close to the original location.
Owners Karen Hue and Vikki Cook vowed that the shop, which they inherited after original owner Alan Mehlberg retired in 2003, would be back, and now it's very much looking like it will be. A tipster ran into Karen this morning, who informed her that they'd just signed a lease to take over one of the small storefronts on Lincoln Place, just east of Seventh Avenue.
If I had to guess, I would say that they'll be moving into the space last occupied by Fashion East (top right), which closed back in February 2011 and has been vacant since. It's a small, off-the-beaten-path location, but it's great to see that this beloved shop (and its equally beloved proprietors) will once again have a home in the neighborhood.