Irving Farms Debuts at 88 Orchard Street Tomorrow

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 at 5:22 am by
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That funky coffee house charm of 88 Orchard is now a more high-brow cafe experience.

After two weeks of round-the-clock interior renovations, Irving Farms Coffee is now putting the finishing touches on its latest acquisition at 88 Orchard Street. The city-based empire purchased the coffee shop from owner Erica Harrison earlier this year; fitting since she was apparently one of the company’s first wholesale clients.

The updated decor features a new prep area, and plenty of woodboard paneling, reportedly salvaged from barns upstate. Additional on-premise elements include gold-branded window leafing, new entryway lighting, and a retail component for dry goods. The build-out makes the upstairs room look much smaller, but we’re told three seats were added to the layout. Don’t count on breaking out that computer just yet, though, as the coffee spot does not feature in-house WiFi nor a plethora of outlets for your gear. Purists, rejoice; tech nerds and bloggers, pay heed. (To be fair, 88 Orchard was rather militant with its computer policy upstairs)

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As for operations, much of it will remain the same. Both counter and kitchen staff stayed aboard for the transition. However, there were some efficiency improvements in the food prep department. Meals will now exclusively be cooked in the kitchen downstairs, rather than split between the two floors as before.

Despite the best intentions of maintaining the same vibes, it’s definitely sad seeing the indie spirit of 88 Orchard gulped by a tall drink of coffee with three other stores to its name.

The new location Irving Farms Coffee opens tomorrow at 88 Orchard Street.

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