It's been just over three months since Five Guys closed up shop on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues, and this morning a Starbucks opened up in the space. It's nicely laid out, has plenty of seating, and seems primed to be a gold mine for the company.
If Five Guys, which replaced a long-running stationery store in 2011, didn't take full advantage of the ample space, this Starbucks does. There's room for about 50 to sit comfortably, at communal tables, on individual leather chairs, and at cafe-style tables. The walls are painted a neutral gray, and the large front windows let in a lot of natural light.
A handful of folks had already taken advantage of the wi-fi and had camped out for the day. That combined with commuters stopping in on their way to or from the subway and others looking for their caffeine fix should all but guarantee that this Starbucks doesn't meet the same fate as its fast food predecessor.