Nice Try, Starbucks: Prospect-Lefferts Garden Landlord Rejects Coffee Chain

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Starbucks creep is happening all around Brooklyn. First went Williamsburg, then Crown Heights, and now, apparently, the coffee chain is eye-ing the up-and-coming Prospect-Lefferts Garden. As we’ve noted before, Starbucks isn’t actually the problem, it’s more of a marker that gentrification has gotten to a certain point. But when one of those green signs pops up in a neighborhood where the rents are rapidly rising, think pieces about the inextricable connection between grande mocha lattes and unaffordable housing also arise. But in any case, the denizens of PLG won’t have to worry about that for now: The landlord of the shuttered restaurant Lincoln Park Tavern decided to turn down Starbucks when they came a-knockin’.

“We already have a coffee shop,” landlord Rong Ge told DNA Info. And to be fair, the proposed Starbucks would be right beside the independent shop Tip of the Tongue. “I want to give them a chance.

The landlord is looking to fill the space with a local restaurant. Any takers?