We were somewhat saddened to learn a couple of days ago that the Bluebird Coffee Shop had been sold — in addition to losing what is in many ways the consummate neighborhood coffee shop, we now risk losing some of the best doughnuts in Lower Manhattan. But it seems like our loss will be the gain of Café Madeline fans: The owners of the Brooklyn restaurant are Bluebird’s new owners.
According to a message on Café Madeline’s Facebook page (which was originally noticed by Ditmas Park Blog), its owners signed the contract to purchase Bluebird, which is located at 72 East 1st Street, earlier this month. They will continue serving Counter Culture coffee and “great made on the premises baked goods,” as well as a new breakfast and lunch menu.
Café Madeline’s owners, Alexander Hall and Sabrina Godfrey, opened the restaurant in Ditmas Park after finding success with Milk Bar, the restaurant they opened in Prospect Heights in 2009. If their new location in the East Village is anything like the one in Ditmas Park, the menu will feature lots of egg dishes for breakfast and sandwiches and sheep-station pie for lunch.
On a side note, the Bluebird space has seen a fair amount of turnover in recent years: In 2008, after a lengthy stint as the original Tasting Room space, it became Simon Sips, a coffee shop boasting La Marzocco-brewed coffee and a greenmarket-driven small-plates menu. It closed less than a year later, in September 2009, in part due to lackluster sales. Bluebird moved in shortly thereafter; Café Madeline gets its shot at posterity beginning May 2.
[Via EV Grieve]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 28, 2011