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I missed out on Lot 38 Espresso's Grand Opening on Wednesday, because, well, it was raining. (How's that for dedication?) But I wandered down first thing this morning to check out the new digs, and of course snapped a few pictures. (I opted for a hot chocolate, since I am one of those heathens who doesn't drink coffee.) Here's the photos, and I included a couple of the progress on the two pavilions at Canal Park while I was at it.
I should also mention that they're now on Twitter (@Lot38Espresso) and Facebook, and I've added them to my Near SE Businesses Twitter list. Their web site is technically "coming soon," but it does at least list their hours, 6:30 am - 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 7 am - 7 pm Saturday and Sunday.
UPDATE: Here's City Paper's Young and Hungry blog about Lot 38, along with some blurry photos (dude, at least hold the camera still).
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Billy D says: (12/22/11 10:27 AM)
Too bad it looks so sterile/suburban. Would have loved to see something more comfortable. Couches and arm chairs which would have made for a nice neighborhood spot. I have to assume they don't have any mugs or anything... just paper cups. oh well.

I hope the coffee is good.


JD says: (12/22/11 10:30 AM)
They do have mugs and plates for non-carryout orders.


F says: (12/22/11 3:46 PM)
I'm just glad that its not a liquor store as originally envisioned. I'll be coming by regularly for my cup-o-jo.


Jaybird says: (12/23/11 8:40 AM)
Nice that they have the tables upstairs. Most coffee shops don't have that looking down, looking out.

By the way, where does the Lot 38 name come from?



JD says: (12/23/11 8:45 AM)
It's the tax parcel number for the building's lot.

(interesting also that they've gone with 1001 2nd Street as their address--the parcel address has always been 156 L)


BillP says: (12/23/11 10:40 AM)
It's Illy coffee, which is very good! Italian, I believe. My friends with the $1,000 home espresso machines only use Illy, that's gotta mean something, right? Well, besides the fact that it takes a lot of homemade espressos to recoup your cost on a $1,000 espresso machine.

Anyhoo, Lot 38's free wifi will distinguish them from Sixbucks because, apparently, the DOT does not allow Starbucks to have wifi in its building for security concerns! LOL! Hopefully, that is an effective differentiator for the locals. That and they'll have a pretty nice view of Canal Park when all is said and done. Hmmmm, now that I mention it, I wonder (hope) if they've planned for outdoor seating?


MJM says: (12/23/11 3:59 PM)
That long sloping ramp near the entrance is gonna make it kinda weird but hopefully they can get outdoor seating.


Bruce says: (12/27/11 12:16 PM)
Yes, DOT does not allow wifi at the Starbucks due to security concerns...
The coffee at Lot 38 is good. I hope they do well (and having wifi will only help)..


F says: (12/30/11 6:17 PM)
Just got some hot chocolate there today. I'm really loving have this place in our neighborhood.


Eric says: (12/31/11 7:06 PM)
I went there today for lunch and it was poppin'. Guess with Justin's being closed that makes sense. Good stuff, love the place. I wish they had a few comfy armchairs on the top floor, though.

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