A HazMat suit and beaker-filled "Breaking Bad"-themed coffee shop will be opening in Bushwick this summer, according to local blog Bushwick Daily. Owner Deniz Kosan, who operates a location of Walter's Coffee Roastery in Istanbul, has been scouting Brooklyn for a U.S. outpost of the roastery for years and originally planned to open in Greenpoint or Williamsburg. But with the impending L train shut down, he wanted to be closer to other train lines, he tells the blog. "I can't afford revenue losses," Kosan says. "Coffee roasteries are a big investment." He initially tried to fund the shop with a Kickstarter but did not reach the $55,000 goal.
Besides roasting its own coffee, Walter's Coffee Roasters makes its own pastries, including apple pie, pancakes, and chocolate cake. The shop has a chemistry theme to celebrate "Breaking Bad," a popular TV show about a chemistry teacher with cancer who starts making meth to financially support his family. The space in Instanbul is decorated with periodic table designs. Plus, some employees wear HazMat suits, coffee is served in little beakers, and the shop has posted pictures of pancakes with sugar dusted in the shape of Walter White, the show's main character. Walter's Coffee Roastery will be at 65 Irving Ave., near Starr Street, and is expected to soft open by the end of June.