Counterfeit Triangle Scrubbed; TJ’s Coffee World Coming Soon

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 at 6:10 am by
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Exactly five years ago, the city swooped into Chinatown and raided “Counterfeit Triangle,” a series of thirty-two storefronts bounded by Canal, Walker, and Centre Streets. At the time, Mayor Bloomberg and Commish Ray Kelly seized approximately $1 million in counterfeit goods, including fake Rolex, Prada, and Gucci products. Owner Vincent Terranova Estate was charged with a substantial fine and forced to padlock all the security gates. The predominant requirement to reopen the facilities was the establishment of “legitimate businesses” upon return. And that’s where the Martignetti Brothers entered the picture.

In 2011, the Martignetti Brothers successfully pitched Community Board 1 for a full liquor license at 230 Canal Street. The concept was to be 6,000 square-feet dedicated to an Asian-inspired concept. Two years later, that license application is still pending with the State Liquor Authority.

Despite inactivity on that front, however, the Counterfeit Triangle itself has gone through a massive makeover. The decrepit stores are now reinvigorated, awaiting the flow of “legitimate” business – like TJ’s Coffee World. A new banner already announces its arrival.

TJ’s is a supplier that specializes in “coffee bar services.” It’ll sell everything from mugs and coffee pots to kitchen utensils and containers.

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