The culinary upgrades at downtown's Grand Central Market are extending to the coffee world. Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski (Intelligentsia) are bringing their high quality upstart coffee operation, G&B Coffee, to the Downtown market by the end of May. At the moment, the only new-school place is Sticky Rice, but G&B should provide a jarringly different concept that features single origin coffee from a selection of roasters, traditional espresso drinks, and teas from Red Blossom. Much like G&B's operation at SQIRL, more attention will be placed on service and presentation, rather than volume. However, paper cups will be available at this location, in addition to G&B's trademark re-useable glass mugs.
The Grand Central location will feature more signature drinks that are commonly found in barista competitions, as well as unique espresso and tea milkshake creations. Compared to some of the other coffee options inside the market, G&B is hoping to maintain competitive pricing, though with a significant bump in quality. Asked about the introduction of this type of coffee service to the more traditional setting of Grand Central, Glanville replied, "We're hoping to be comfortable and approachable. It's a challenge, but not a huge one, to attract new customers and convince existing ones [in the market]."
G&B will open within an existing stall, however this set up is only temporary. Eventually G&B will fully build out a new 360 degree bar in the middle of the market, though the timeframe for that is TBA. This comes off news that G&B will be folding its pop-up at SQIRL by the middle of May. And on the other side of town, things at G&B's Larchmont location are looking swell, with final building and health permits imminent.
·All G&B Coverage [~ELA~]