Which Mysterious European Coffee Chain Is Setting Up Shop in the West Village?

What could it be?
What could it be? Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Hold on to your demitasse spoons, residents of the West Village: The Real Deal reports you will soon meet a short, dark cup of espresso when an unnamed European espresso franchisee takes over 2,500 square feet of prime coffee-bean brewing space at 504 Sixth Avenue and 13th Street, once home to Cosi and Rockography. But what could it be? The site reports that the franchise “has no other New York City locations” at the moment, but plans to open more after this first one is up and running. The space’s monthly rent is reportedly $34,500, so we’re guessing the chain in question has to be one of the bigger ones, like the UK-based Caffè Nero. Either way, between this and the new Stumptown opening about six blocks away, looks like the neighborhood is about to get a whole lot perkier. [TRD, Earlier]