1.6 min readBy Published On: April 25th, 2023Categories: Eat and Drink4 Comments


Universal Hub reported on Tuesday that the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the plans for Blank Street to go in at 489 East Broadway. The 1000-square-foot shop, with 18 seats, still needs approval from the Boston Licensing Board.

According to Universal Hub, the coffee shop needed a variance to change the use from office to coffee shop and normally not permitted on that particular block’s zoning.  No one from the neighborhood spoke against the proposal – which is shocking.  The ZBA approved the plans unanimously.

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tech-enabled, premium coffee at an affordable price

Founded in the summer of 2020, Blank Street was born from the idea that great coffee should not come at a premium. The goal is to provide tech-enabled, premium coffee at an affordable price. And guess what? It’s coming to the neighborhood this fall!

Blank Street features small and efficient spots in urban locations and electronic espresso machines – so you get your coffee quicker and allows the baristas to bond with their customers. Plus, customers can pay and order ahead with the Blank Street mobile app! 

As for the baked goods at Blank Street, they will partner with local businesses to sell items like cookies, muffins, and croissants – instead of mass manufacturing them. For the Boston locations, it will partner with A&J King – a bakery located in Salem, MA.

Each shop is usually around 400 to 500 square feet and does not have any tables or chairs. The whole idea is grab-and-go.

The Boston Globe did a feature on this Brooklyn-based startup and the news they are opening new locations in Boston, including 489 East Broadway in Southie!

We can’t wait to check it out!

Make sure to follow Blank Street on Instagram for the latest!

In other Southie coffee news, Koko Coffee on L Street is now open on L Street.






  1. Linda Lynch August 26, 2022 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Which store is leaving that this Blank Street is replacing?

  2. Mary Bellrose April 25, 2023 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Maureen Dahill before you write an article on Blank coffee shop coming to the neighborhood you should also write on how the zoning of the building at 489 East Broadway will affect the tenant and neighborhood. Due to the Rezoning of the comercial space as a office space to acoffee shop will create double parking ,trash,and rodents I Look forward for you to reach out

    • Maureen Dahill April 25, 2023 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I’m just letting the people of South Boston know about new businesses. It sounds like rezoning is an issue with the City and a completely different article. Double-parking has always been a neighborhood issue.

    • Mattyc April 26, 2023 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Aren’t there 3 takeout places within 50 feet of the front door to 489? Unless you’re PS Gourmet (are you?) why is this a problem? I can’t see why a coffee shop would produce more traffic. garbage, or pests then a pizza place, an overflowing college bar, or (gasp) a different coffee shop. NIMBYs gonna NIMBY though.

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