Café hopes that there's more to New Yorker's love of Greek cuisine than cultured milk. Owners of Maza Loukouma and Espresso Bar hope their Village outpost will be the first of many.
Greek-style yogurt has been an increasingly popular choice for New Yorkers in recent years. Now one entrepreneur is hoping Greek coffee might catch on as well.
Maza Loukouma and Espresso Bar, a new café serving java roasted in Greece, and also offering healthy doughnuts and savory pies, recently signed a 10-year deal for 500 square feet at 30 Carmine St., between Bleecker and Bedford streets. Asking rent for the space, which includes an additional storage basement, was $300 a square foot.
The coffee shop, which is scheduled to open for business in late summer, was lured to the area by heavy foot traffic and nearby retailers such as Blue Ribbon Bakery and Greenwich Village Bistro.
"There's a big explosion of coffee in New York City, but this is something New Yorkers haven't seen before," said Leora Aimee Hasas, the CORE broker who, along with colleague John Harrison, represented Maza. She noted that Maza is currently searching for additional locations here.
Maza's space will be the combination of a former shoe-repair shop and a MetroPCS store. Landlord 30 Carmine St. LLC was represented by James Famularo and Ravi Idnani of Eastern Consolidated.