Supposedly in Seattle, 2 Starbuckses squat directly opposite each other, across a street.
That’s not happening in Westport. But it’s close.
As reported first on “06880” last October, the Starbucks near the Sherwood Diner is moving. Its new home is across the Post Road, the former Arby’s. That puts it even closer to another Starbucks: the cafe in Barnes & Noble, a few yards away.
Arby’s is empty now (nothing new). After refurbishing, the site — formerly Burger King, and before that Carrols — will be open.
It will include a drive-through, for vanilla mocha pumpkin toffee nut latte-lovers who don’t even want to park.
Not that they ever could.
Starbucks — the wildly popular coffee place near the diner, with the crazily limited parking lot — has come up with a creative solution to that problem.
Word on the
street Post Road has Starbucks moving a couple hundred yards east, to Arby’s. That’s the fast-food place next to Bank of America that no Westporter has ever set foot in.
Starbucks will gain more parking spaces. Plus a drive-through.
… to there.
The good news: There will be no more parking issues at Starbucks.
The bad news: This will be a serious blow to “06880.”
The good news: There are plenty more places — and Westport drivers — to pick on.
When town officials decided to suspend enforcement of a ban on stand-alone signs, they thought it might help local businesses in a slumping economy.
Arby’s saw it as a way to make Westport look like Long Island. Or worse.
The fast food restaurant– which, to my knowledge, no Westporter has ever visited — threw up 7 medium-size signs, 3 large pennants and 1 enormous banner, then added Mylar balloons. All advertise free regular Sidekickers (whatever they are) on Wednesdays.
A great deal, huh? Be sure to read the fine print (though it’s invisible in the photo above): “With sandwich purchase.”
I can’t decide which is more offensive: Arby’s advertising, or how many signs they use to do it.