In a city famed for making dreams come true, (commercial) coffee lovers are having theirs become a reality. By that, we mean Manhattan is set to open the world’s largest Starbucks at 61 Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District. Sounds like a Starbucks heaven, and we’re totes happy about it, because if we’re getting another freaking Starbucks, it might as well be setting a record in the process.
Now, don’t get too excited—the opening date isn’t expected to arrive until 2018, but we can dream for now. The ginormous Starbucks location will be situated right next to the Chelsea Market and Google Headquarters, and ironically right across from a current Starbucks shop. Expect to see plenty of tourists and Google techies hanging out here. It’ll be debuting in a brand new 154,000 square foot development, occupying at least 20,000 ft, according to Grubstreet.
Besides being the world’s largest Starbucks, it will also be the very first New York location of Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, with its original roastery located in the ‘bucks headquarters of Seattle.Willy Wonka Factory, except replace the Oompa Loompas with hip, stylish baristas and the chocolate river with a fancy schmancy siphon bar and large shiny machinery to goggle your eyes at. Starbucks calls their roastery “coffee as theater,” where customers are encouraged to interact with the baristas and learn more about the art of brewing rare coffees. It also includes a tasting room for visitors to sample different favors.
[Featured Image via Noel Reinhold on Flickr]