It's been a month and a half since the Five Guys on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues closed down after a year and four months in business, and yesterday the "For Rent" sign was taken down, construction paper went up, and the next tenant was confirmed: Starbucks.
The DOB permits for chains tend to be the ones that reveal actual tenants (as was the case with Five Guys), as opposed to the independent businesses, which tend to say ambiguous things like "coffee shop." That's also the case here, as the permit on the door makes it very clear who's rented out the space.
The double-wide storefront, which was the longtime home of Park Heights Stationers before Five Guys took it over, is in for some major changes. Permits also allow for new partitions, new cabinetry, a new ceiling and floor, and new plumbing. At also appears that the signage will be non-illuminated.
With rents so high that even a national chain like Five Guys couldn't turn a profit, it's not surprising that a behemoth like Starbucks ended up taking over the space. This space is big, and Five Guys certainly didn't make the best use out of it, so I'll be interested in seeing what Starbucks' interior architects have in store.