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The 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue locations of the Bean closed for good yesterday


[1st Avenue location photo by Steven]

Regulars were shocked to learn that the seemingly always-busy Bean locations on First Avenue and Ninth Street and Second Avenue and Third Street shut down after service yesterday.

A tipster told us about Bean employees thanking regulars for their patronage. (Another tipster said that the store employees received little warning about the closure.)

“It is sad but true that we are closing those stores. It is a very hard day for us,” owner Ike Escava confirmed via email. “Due to rising costs the decision to close was unfortunately the only one we could make.”

Moving forward, the coffee shop will maintain the location on Third Avenue at Ninth Street and the incoming spot on Broadway and Ninth Street. (The Bean on Broadway and 12th Street closed earlier this month ahead of the move to the larger space on Broadway.)

“We hope to continue to see our loyal customers at those locations and to continue serving the East Village for a very long time,” he said.

The Bean has had a presence in the East Village since 2003.

The outpost on Second Avenue and Third Street debuted in December 2011.

[Photo from 2011]

The First Avenue and Ninth Street shop opened in June 2012.

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