A local coffee roaster has shut down its remaining cafe just months after closing its original location in Boston’s Seaport. Barrington Coffee closed its Back Bay cafe (303 Newbury St., Boston) as of April 1, according to a message posted there.
The message announced the closure but indicated that a new partner (and Barrington customer) would take over the space and reopen the store after some renovations. “We think it will be a fantastic cafe and will remain a place where you can enjoy our coffee as well as some great new offerings,” the message read.
“While the decision to close the shop has been difficult, it will give us more time and energy to focus on our commercial partnerships in the city,” the message continued. “We remain very much committed to Boston’s coffee culture and have recently opened the Boston Coffee Lab, an education and training facility designed to support our cafe and restaurant clients here.”
The coffee lab is located at 28 Damrell St. in South Boston and is part of Barrington’s already vast wholesale business that provides beans to local establishments. The space also offers classes in cupping, the history of coffee and more. Additionally, Barrington will continue its online subscription program for individuals to order roasted coffee for delivery.
As a coffee company, Barrington dates back to 1993, but its cafes are newer. It first opened its Seaport cafe in late 2011, adding the Newbury Street location a few years later. Barrington’s Seaport cafe closed earlier this year. Still in operation, Barrington has a roasting facility and coffee lab in Lee, out in western Massachusetts.
Stay tuned for updates on what will come of the Barrington space in Back Bay.