On our way to a lovely (albeit noisy) dinner at Carlo's Cucina on Brighton tonight, Allstonian and I walked past a brand new but nearly complete coffeehouse called the 2nd Cup Cafe (that's how all the promo material in the window has it, so there you go) at 111 Brighton Ave. To set the scene, there's that little bodega on the corner of Brighton and Linden that's been there forever, then New Trend Eatery, then Punjab Palace, then this place, then that pretentious little boutique that's always empty, then the empty storefront that I think used to be the Indian video store (which itself has a construction permit in the window) and then the cruddy little laundromat. If I'm remembering the old block correctly, I believe this was where Ed "Moose" Savage (local legend and former leader of the best-named band in the history of Boston, Ed "Moose" Savage and his Litany of Complaints) had his little antique shop that he's moved up to the North Shore.
Looks to be your standard slightly upscale coffee place, lots of blond wood and black leatherette benches. You just know there's gonna be wi-fi. I noticed on our way back (when there were workers installing things and the windows were open) that there's a little kitchen in the back, so I'm thinking there may be light nibbles on the menu as well.
Here's the thing: this neighborhood has been positively ACHING for a place like this for ages -- we don't even have a Starbucks anymore since that one in the Packards Corner Shaws went out -- but that means there's the double-edged sword that if it's any good at all, this place is gonna be a frickin' madhouse.
Anyone heard any buzz? Given the name, I wonder if maybe there might be some familiar local coffee names behind it. Actually, what the name really reminds me of the Second Cup, a coffee chain I really like in Toronto. I wonder if I asked nicely if they would add butter tarts to the menu...