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Devocion Is Betting on a Dumbo Comeback with Latest Coffee Shop Opening Plans

Plus, Brooklyn Brewery opens for outdoor drinking in Williamsburg — and more intel

A rendering of a corner coffee shop, located on the ground-level of an apartment complex, with scores of people walking on the sidewalk outdoors
A rendering of Devocion Coffee in Dumbo
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Devocion Coffee is betting on a Dumbo comeback

Devocion, the beloved Brooklyn-based coffee roaster, is gearing up to open a coffee shop in Dumbo next year. The coffee roaster with three locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan has signed a lease for a 1,400-square-foot space in the pandemic-stricken neighborhood, located at the corner of Jay and York streets, across from the York Street subway station. The coffee shop is slated to open in spring 2022, according to a spokesperson with the company.

It’s the latest in a series of openings announcements for Dumbo, a neighborhood where restaurants have been hampered not just by lower foot traffic due to the pandemic, but also by ongoing construction projects that can obscure businesses and make the neighborhood harder to navigate for tourists. Still, some restaurants and food businesses are betting on a Dumbo comeback. Cult-favorite brewery Evil Twin plans to open its second taproom in the neighborhood this year, while Tsuta — the acclaimed Tokyo-founded ramen shop — is opening its first New York outpost at 20 Old Fulton Street this summer. Last week, the Time Out Market New York food hall announced it would soon reopen since closing in December.

Devocion’s opening plans come just months after the closure of neighborhood coffee shop Brooklyn Roasting Company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October and closed its Dumbo outpost at 45 Washington Street, along with an outpost in Flatiron.

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