Cafe Katja Briefly Considers 37 Canal Street; Starbucks Looking Likely 

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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Skal in better times, July 2014

Cafe Katja kills it. Business always seems brisk at its Orchard Street restaurant, a fixture on the block for the last eight years. Its recent expansion into 75 Orchard certainly helped. And now one-half of the ownership is hoping to open a new establishment in the near future.

The first inkling of evidence surfaced last week with the arrival of the Community Board 3 agenda for May. Cafe Katja co-founder Erwin Schrottner is listed as applicant for 37 Canal Street. This is the cornershop that Skal previously occupied, and that Starbucks is rumored to have taken a liking. Previous ownership is allegedly trying hard to sell off the assets. However, we are told that Schrottner’s deal for the space apparently fizzled.

“We did apply to do a restaurant on Canal Street,” Schrottner told us in an email. “Unfortunately, we will be withdrawing our application this week.”

The hunt reportedly isn’t over, though. “We hope to do another restaurant in the near future when and if we can find a space that works.”

Meanwhile, word on the street is that Starbucks is still very much interested in 37 Canal Street, and that it’ll “most likely” happen. We’ll keep an eye out.

Cafe Katja was co-founded by Erwin Schrottner and chef Andrew Chase in 2007. The Austrian eatery expanded into the space next door back in 2013. Chase himself sits on the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3.

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