Blue Bottle Espresso turned its short term Covid-wrought closure into a everlasting one very last month, leaving Harvard Sq. just three yrs right after its opening.
The 40 Bow St. site of the multinational chain of coffee retailers 1st shuttered at the commence of the pandemic and — besides a brief reopening ending in late April — remained out of business right until officially closing its doorways on May possibly 30. Blue Bottle has nonetheless to publicly announce the closing, and a “temporarily closed” poster continues to be on the entrance door, but quite a few employees at other Boston-area places as properly as an inside firm e-mail obtained by The Crimson verified that the closure is lasting.
Denise A. Jillson, director of the Harvard Square Organization Association, stated she believed the retail outlet, found involving the River Houses and Harvard Lawn, 1st quickly closed owing to a absence of university student foot targeted traffic following undergraduates remaining campus.
But Blue Bottle Coffee identified its Harvard Square location as one of many that has “chronically represented difficulties for us fiscally, even before Covid-19,” according to the internal email.
When Charles X. Hua ’22-’23 frequented the Harvard Square cafe on April 24, he reported he learned that it was the previous working day of the store’s quick mid-pandemic reopening ahead of its uncertain closure. Hua added that the baristas seemed unsure if the retail store would ever reopen.
7 Blue Bottle Espresso merchants across the state ended up temporarily closed for numerous months owing to the coronavirus, for each the inside email. Those locations and 5 other individuals completely shuttered on Might 30.
The email to workers also famous the long term closure of one more Boston-spot Blue Bottle Espresso situated in the Exchange Meeting Center in Boston’s Seaport District.
Blue Bottle Coffee’s Kendall Sq., Newbury Road, Chestnut Hill, and Prudential Center suppliers keep on being open up. Harvard Sq. team ended up transferred to other nearby locations, in accordance to the e-mail.
Blue Bottle Coffee’s company office environment as perfectly as reps of Morningside Group, which Jillson reported is included in taking care of the 40 Bow St. home, did not answer to requests for remark.
Seth D. Billiau ’21 explained he was saddened by Blue Bottle’s closing, acquiring once in a while stopped by the Harvard Sq. cafe to share espresso with his girlfriend.
“I would go each and every the moment in a even though if I needed to deal with myself a tiny bit,” he explained, adding that there will be a “void” in Harvard Sq. for increased-close espresso.
Amy Huang ’24 shared in an e-mail that she enjoys to function in cafes and has fond memories of frequenting Blue Bottle Coffee with her roommates the summer time following it opened.
“The Square will only reduce one more location to get coffee in the early morning, but Blue Bottle signifies a little little bit much more than that to me,” she wrote.
The setting up at 40 Bow St. was earlier redeveloped by genuine estate billionaire Gerald L. Chan, a important donor to the College of Public Well being, beginning in 2014. Blue Bottle Espresso introduced its go to the place in late 2016. Next delays, it ultimately opened to crowds in February 2018.
At the time, some college students praised Blue Bottle Coffee’s solitary-origin coffee and minimalist, “bougie” aesthetic, when other folks termed it an overpriced competitor to nearby Flour and Tatte.
Blue Bottle Coffee’s departure follows a string of pandemic-driven closures that will go away the Square’s write-up-Covid company landscape significantly distinct when undergraduates return en masse in the drop.
Jillson stated that if the 40 Bow St. space opens up for a new small business, “it’ll be another chance to have some vibrancy in that corner, which tends to be a small tranquil.”
“I would hope that it would be another actually pleasant espresso shop for learners,” she additional.
—Staff author Raquel Coronell Uribe contributed reporting.