Barracks Row Starbucks Removes Sidewalk Café
by Larry Janezich
Yesterday, Starbuck on Barracks Row removed the tables, umbrellas, and chairs which formerly occupied the space in front of the coffee shop. When asked why, an employee said, “Oh, they took them away for the winter.”
A better bet is that the seating attracted a large contingent of semi-permanent non-customers – some waiting for the buses which stop in front of the shop and some just waiting.
The action comes in the wake of comments made to the ANC6b ABC Committee last August 29th by Matchbox Food Group vice president Fred Herrmann. Herrmann cited several issues troubling Barracks Row restaurateurs and merchants, including “panhandling” in front of Starbucks and 7-11, the unsafe condition of the sidewalks – particularly the uneven surfaces presented by the one foot square pieces of slate which augment the herringbone brick sidewalks – and lastly, the conditions in the alley backing up to 7th Street between E and G Streets, SE. See CHC’s report on the latter issue below.