Park Place Coffee, the latest addition to Franklin's burgeoning coffee scene (remember when having two coffee shops in the area was such a big deal that the New York Times ran a story about it?) opened yesterday. Located in the former Muslim Bookstore space on Park Place just west of Franklin (and across from the entrance to the Park Place shuttle stop), the shop offers self-serve drip coffee, barista-made espresso drinks, pastries, donuts, and a whole case of small-batch organic chocolates, including truffles, chocolate-covered Oreos, and full-size chocolate bars.
The indoor space is small and cozy, with seating for somewhere between 10-15 folks along one wall. Though it won't get much use until the spring, they've also got a ton of outdoor space, as they can use both their shaded back garden and the area in front of the store up to the fence (which is their property, not city sidewalk, and thus cheaper/requires fewer permits to use). They'll be open coffee shop hours (early-ish - early-evening-ish), but as the owners are Jewish, they'll be observing the Saturday sabbath (closing early on Friday, closed all day Saturday). While they had a soft opening yesterday and are open today, they're planning a grand opening next week.
It's a crowded environment for coffee shops along the Avenue, but I'm thinking their proximity to the shuttle stop, as well as their great outdoor space once summer rolls around, will give Park Place Coffee a slice of the market (and the case full of chocolate can't hurt). Readers, thoughts?