The second incarnation of Leaf and Bean has officially opened its doors to the neighborhood.
The quaint coffee and tea shop, which closed back in January on Seventh between Union and Berkeley after 40 years in business, reopened a couple weeks ago on Lincoln Place, just east of Seventh, in the space last occupied by Fashion East.
Owners Karen Hue and Vikki Cook are back, and have been slowly completing construction in the space, which should be ready for a September Grand Opening just in time for their busy season.
It wasn't easy finding a new location, according to Hue. "We were looking at the space next to the Chair-Man on Fifth, but that fell through," she said. "This is much smaller than the original, but we'll be offering the same merchandise, and I don't think we were closed long enough to be forgotten about!"
Many varieties of loose-leaf tea and whole-bean coffee are available along with the necessary tools for brewing them, and soon they'll begin to offer fresh-brewed tea and coffee as well as cookies, chocolates, and macarons.
It'll take some time to bring the shop back to the level of charm that the previous one had, but it's certainly nice to see that, as promised, Leaf & Bean is back in business.
Leaf & Bean, 176 Lincoln Place Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-638-5791.