The space that was last home to Leaf and Bean, which closed up after 40 years in January and re-opened recently around the corner on Lincoln Place, very possibly might next be home a Subway sandwich shop, according to a well-informed tipster who prefers to remain anonymous.
The storefront, on Seventh between Union and Berkeley, has sat empty for months following the coffee and tea store's closure, and the high rent has prevented a new tenant from moving into the space. It's been rented, however, and a permit was issued in April approving nearly $70,000 worth of renovations in the space.
It'is certainly large enough for the sandwich chain, and if the rumor turns out to be true, this one would be joining three other Subways in the area: one on Flatbush near 7th, one further down Seventh near the hospital, and another on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.
UPDATE: Many thanks to a commenter for pointing me toward Subway's franchise locator, which indeed confirms that they will soon begin construction in the space. Also worth noting is that there's a second Subway in the works, at 525 Fifth Avenue. The storefront, between 13th and 14th Streets, was last home to 5th Ave Jewelry, which closed back in January.