Caffebene in Bayside closes shop

Caffebene, a South Korean coffee shop franchise which has seen international success, is closing down on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard after only a year.
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The Caffebene coffee shop located in Bayside has locked up for good after only a year in the neighborhood.

The South Korean coffee chain founded in 2008 seemed unstoppable after expanding to Queens in 2013 to profit off the dense millennial population of the borough. Now, however, the property managers have put the retail space back on the market, and Yelp users are reporting the location at 38-42 Bell Blvd. closed.

Caffebene opened its first shop in Seoul, and since then has grown to have thousands of franchise locations in Korea, around 300 in China and a growing number in the United States with the count at about 100 in 2014. European coffee house culture was mixed with a Korean tradition called “Sarangbang” of keeping a room in the home designated for studying and poetry writing. This creates an atmosphere attractive to many customers.

“Queens is just loaded with neighborhoods full of millennials these days,” Caffebene Senior Director of Sales John Barry said in 2014. “Millennials love their coffee, so we’re going where they are.”

Caffebene was projected to grow to 4,000 franchises in the United States by 2020 and 10,000 globally.

The reason for the closure is not known, but the owner who identified herself as Sharon denied the shop was closing and declined further comment.

The Briarwood Organization, which manages the property, could not be reached for comment.

Caffebene joins the likes of Bell Plaza Sports Club and Lucille Roberts, longtime businesses on Bell Boulevard, which also shut their doors suddenly to the surprise of residents and customers in recent months.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, July 23, 2016
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Reader feedback

Lou from Bayside says:
Hiw is it that our wonderful politicians never pursue discrimination suits against cafebene, paris baguette and hmart ? Paris and hmart have hispanics to do the dirty work but these businesses never hire a white or black ! Why is this allowed grodenchik, rozic, weprin and the rest of you crumbs
July 23, 2016, 3:05 pm
Tom from Queens says:
They don't hire whites cause they don't want to work there you goddamn moron.
July 24, 2016, 10:28 am
Lou from Bayside says:
No a@@ wipe they dont hire whites or blacks because they think theyre superior and dont need to follow our laws!
July 24, 2016, 3:34 pm
Donna from Bayside says:
Hey Lou - why are you stirring racial controversy and pointing out those businesses? Did you apply for a job there and get rejected? Where are your issues stemming from?
July 25, 2016, 5:43 am
JJK from Bayside says:
A Chick-Fil-A would be a nice addition!
July 25, 2016, 6:15 am
JJK from Bayside says:
Its very sad. Take a walk down Bell Blvd, or Northern Blvd. The area is slowly beginning to look like Main Street in Flushing. I give it 5 years to be 100%.
July 25, 2016, 6:17 am
no parking from queens says:
The area has little parking so that those wanting coffee prefer going to one of the available drive throughs.
July 25, 2016, 9:41 am
Alister from Bayside says:
Im glad i left Bayside!
Trump wants to build a wall? Well..he IS from Queens. Its outrageous, the anount of people who have taken over Queens but refuse to speak English. Something wrong? I think so.

I live in a place, now, where people speak English. Only problem is, finding good food is hard..
NYC is the only place i can find food from any country.
Lol...either way, after this election, we are all screwed.

That reminds me of a joke...

A plane, flying with only Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, crashed.
Who survived?

July 26, 2016, 9:52 am
JP from Queens says:
Queens is like a dirty kitchen cockroaches, see how quickly they multiply!!!!
July 26, 2016, 12:10 pm
Tom from Queens says:
Lou go apply for a job there then u goddamn worthless turd.
July 26, 2016, 9:42 pm
Gary from Bayside says:
Born/raised in Bayside. Graduated from Bayside HS early 70's. Queensboro 2 yrs CCNY 2 yrs....great times. Moved to Atlanta36 yrs ago. Just returned home from a family reunion in Bayside. I cannot believe the changes. No G&G deli; no McElroys Bar; no Elephus Disco on Northern...$8 pizza slice at LaGuardia! 4 1/2 hour delay....and where are all he beautiful Italian women?
Aug. 6, 2016, 10:39 pm

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