Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It doesn’t sell Hungry Mans, but it will do: a Phoenix rises in Brigade’s footprint

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 7:00 AM

In February, expensive hipster boutique Clothing Brigade closed downtown. While C-Notes has nothing against Brigade—we sometimes sculpt our own hair into a faux-hawk before timidly flattening it before leaving our apartment—we wrote that the closing represented a sliver of opportunity for the Warehouse District: a chance to put something practical in its place. As it stands, all the neighborhood has is places to get drunk, hair salons, expensive and/or barftastic eateries, Starbucks, a sex shop, and a way overpriced supermarket (Constantino’s) that has a knack for closing the moment you desire Funyuns and a Gatorade. Turns out somebody read our blog. At least, that’s the conclusion we’re jumping to: the storefront that once housed Brigade now displays a sign announcing that Phoenix Coffee is coming soon. ... Now, this isn’t the type of place that sells malt liquor in two-dollar, forty-ounce increments at all hours of the night, as we might have hoped. Sadly, there still remains no place to buy lime pops, light bulbs, or fly paper at 2 a.m. in the Warehouse District. But Phoenix sells coffee that doesn’t suck, and that’s a coup for the neighborhood. Besides, it’s refreshing to see a locally owned coffee shop moving in on Starbucks turf for once, rather than the other way around. The place still looks more like a former hipster clothing store than a future not-so independent independent coffee shop, and the lady that answered the phone at Phoenix’s headquarters said they’re aiming to have it open sometime this summer. In the meantime, we’re feeling a bit intoxicated by our own power here at C-Notes. Next quest: knock down a portion of the Downtown Ritz lobby and put in a Steak n’ Shake. – Gus Garcia Roberts

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