Many thanks to a tipster for sending over these photos, which show that buildout is just about complete on the reboot of coffee and tea shop Leaf & Bean, which closed back in January after 40 years on Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley.
The new, much smaller shop, is located on Lincoln Place just east of Seventh, in the storefront last occupied by Fashion East.
While Leaf & Bean lost its novelty years ago (basically as soon as coffee became available outside of the grocery store), its friendly owners, charming atmosphere, and quaint, old-school feel helped it maintain a loyal clientele. It was a bit too big for its britches on Seventh, though, so hopefully this new location will fit just right. If that's the case, and if its fans come back (while attracting some new ones), Leaf & Bean might just pick up right where it left off.