A neighborhood under siege: North End fights Starbucks

Last Little Italy

Via NorthEndWaterfront.com comes Rocco Capano's interviews with a number of North End cafe and restaurant owners about their opposition to a proposed Starbucks on Cross Street at Hanover, at the entrance to the neighborhood.

"We don't need a company such as them showing the people what it's not like to be Italian," says one of the folks at the Modern bakery.

Petition. NorthEndWaterfront.com has more on the proposal.

South Boston residents lost a similar battle against a Starbucks in City Point.

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I wouldn't really call

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I wouldn't really call Thinking Cup, or Boston Common Coffee before that, particularly Italian.

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where on Salem?

where on Salem? oh you mean Petes. There is one on Atlantic Ave.

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Starbuck’s will never be

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Starbuck’s will never be allowed in East Boston, big corporate chains ruin long running independent established businesses.
Walgreens in East Boston has ruined mom and pop pharmacies that had a customer base in E Boston. Landlords that lease to these corporate chains could give 2 fucks about the community..’as long as their receiving loads of rent money each month.

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Starbucks is already in Chelsea

next to Market Basket, and also on the Lynnway in Lynn, so it's probably only a matter of time before they knock on the doors of East Boston and Everett.

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That Starbucks on McLennan

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That Starbucks on McLennan highway in Eastie is not the luxury kind that you see with the comfortable leather recliners, that Starbucks is primarily for North shore commuters on their way to the tunnel.

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Small independent coffee shop

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Small independent coffee shop owners should have some type of relief, Starbucks is hurting the small business owner tremendously in lower income Boston communities that are now being gentrified.

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pete's and starbucks were

pete's and starbucks were both independent small coffee at one time. It is a high traffic highly visible spot. The lease must be expensive. It may make more sense to request changes in signage than to pick winners and losers from the small business community. Small business owners shouldn't be subsidized by taxpayers.

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Give me a break. Half the

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Give me a break. Half the restaurants in the North End get their terrible food from Sysco. And if they want the North End to be like an Italian city then why aren't they fighting to ban cars from the neighborhood? Italian cities have pedestrian streets, plazas, parks etc. The North End is a pedestrian nightmare because of all the cars.

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Having a Starbucks in the

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Having a Starbucks in the North End is like having Spaghetti with ketchup as a sauce. It’s insulting to the Italian culture.

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So is

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most of the food you can order on Hanover Street.

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Hey!! I saw that episode

of "The Sopranos" where Paulie tried to shake down the local Starbucks (or the fictional representation of one) and was promptly rebuffed by the manager who said corporate runs the show nowadays and you can beat me up all day long but they'll just replace me.

So I say to those pissed about this: do like Paulie did, complain impotently about the "rape o da culcha" and stick a coffee grinder in your jacket on the way out.

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Never been to Florence?

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I saw a driver try to drive through people in a crosswalk, and then get agitated when the group piled back into the road and began to beat on the car.

Although the North End will be like Venice soon enough.

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Southern Italy

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In Naples, the "margin of safety" between a vehicle and a pedestrian is measured in inches and every gap in traffic is filled by "motos". Neapolitans would consider North End traffic slow and boring.

Only museum cities like Florence and Venice are off-limits to cars.

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Or maybe, just maybe, you don

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Or maybe, just maybe, you don't know which restaurants to patronize in the north end?

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Oh, Good Christ...

I'm one who is well known for my opposition to many of the changes foisted on this city to satisfy the palates of hipsters and anyone foolish enough to accept anything known as "artisan", but this is a bit much.

They can talk all of the neighborhood pride they want, but some of these in opposition to the Starbucks are just as guilty of exploiting the North End in the way that they charge idiots stupid enough to think that 3 grand a month is a great price to pay for a one bedroom on Prince Street to a guy who moved out of the North End years ago and lives in Wilmington and hasn't done shit to the place in terms of renovating it.

Also, funny how the owners of cafes in the North End actually charge more than Starbucks for the same coffees and at the very least you know what you're paying at Sbux in advance, when a casual glance at the menu of Caffe Vittorio online and you don't have any idea that you may end up paying 6 bucks for a cannoli, but you're in Boston's historic North End!! Mangia!!

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You my friend

Are full of shite. Cafe Vittorio is a family owned and operated cafe that does nothing but good for the NE.

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OK, then!!

Why aren't the prices for their delicious family owned offerings on their website?

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It keeps the grumpy old men

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It keeps the grumpy old men away. They can't have you in their establishment yelling at clouds and shit.

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I'm usually fine with letting the market decide...

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But that whole storefront looks so out of place from the rest of the neighborhood. Plus the starbucks isn't gonna have any trouble making money being right at the entrance of one of the most popular streets in Boston. I'm sure they'll feed off all ignorant tourists who couldn't tell the difference between an Olive garden and Fiore's.

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I'm really not.

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I don't mind it when a city or town wants to be unique. There are plenty of others places that want a Starbucks. There's no lack of them.

I've always thought it too bad when Arlington stopped being a dry town. It's not like it wasn't surrounded by liquor stores for those who wanted that. Once you make the change, there's no going back. Like toothpaste. Impossible to get back in the tube.

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You didn't live there

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It wasn't ever a dry town.

There were several bars there - full liquor license bars known by such names as The Irish American Club and "The DAV". Some people didn't even realize that they weren't just bars, but fraternal organizations when they would ask pedestrians for directions.

Such delusional nostalgia.

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What?

You have a problem with a man who perpetuates his own stereotypes with quite possibly one of the worst dining experiences of my life outside of the Sbarro's at the Vince Lombardi Memorial Rest Stop on the Jersey Turnpike?

At least the Sbarro's didn't have video screens glamorizing Italian sociopaths all in my face while I was eating their rubbery pasta, nor did I have to be accosted by a former used car salesman walking around the restaurant who likes to stand in front of a mirror practicing how to talk like Paulie Walnuts and waddles like Vito Spatafore like my paisan Nicky boy.

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Loved that piece!

Really showed off the sad wannabe that Varano is that he has to rely on his proximity to celebrities that wouldn't piss on him to put him out if he was on fire on Hanover Street to prove his worth as a human being.

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Nick Varano

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The only thing that would make that video better is if it featured Nick Varano discussing how classy and important he is. Nothing harkens back to “the old country” quite like STRIP by Strega.

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I'm an American Italian with

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I'm an American Italian with roots in the North End. My great Uncles have street signs dedicated to their service in WWII on both ends of Margaret st. (the street my grandparents grew up on). The neighborhood is definitely very different from when I was a little girl. I'm not necessarily against a Starbucks, but I do think placement is everything.

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This is the same excuse they

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This is the same excuse they used in Southie and everytime I drive pass that location the place is packed.

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The North End was killed by

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The North End was killed by short term rentals. Just like many other Tourist magnet locations.

It sounds like some dumb people who are anti Sbux are the same who think that Zara and Paul boutiques on small streets in (Suburban) Paris are Quaint and Cosmopolitan.

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NIMBYism is the number one

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NIMBYism is the number one thing preventing this city from moving forward.

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Starbucks in North End

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I lived very close to the North End for most of my life but not anymore. Have been going to North End since I was 11 years old and had friends in one of the schools. It would be a sacrilege to have a Starbucks in such an historic area filled with genuine Italian cafes. Why would anyone chose a Starbucks over them? I never would. Starbucks is as common as dirt yet these cafes are icons. Years ago I did a photo shoot of Caffe Vittoria and to this day I get coments when people see them.

Leave the North End alone and let it remain with its true history.

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