A Queens, New York-based coffee chain will open a shop adjacent to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace by the end of 2019: For Five Coffee Roasters is planning to open a cafe in the 200 State Street building, possibly this fall. In addition to coffee, the shop will sell pastries, salads, and sandwiches.
For Five Coffee Roasters hinted to Boston Business Journal that more Boston locations could follow but did not provide further information beyond the planned State Street location.
The new shop will be located in a prime location — perfect for tourists popping out of the New England Aquarium and into Faneuil Hall for some shopping, or vice versa.
For Five Coffee Roasters was founded in 2010 by childhood friends Stefanos Vouvoudakis and Tom Tsiplakos. The company initially began as a roaster that sold beans to restaurants and various other wholesale accounts before opening its first cafe in Manhattan in 2016. It has since opened locations outside of New York City, including cafes in Los Angeles and Chicago.
For Five Coffee Roasters isn’t alone in its plans. Bluestone Lane is another New York-based coffee shop chain with imminent Boston growth in the works (two downtown Boston locations and a Harvard Square location are coming soon), and plenty of other out-of-town chains already have a foothold here, such as Blue Bottle (from California), Intelligentsia (Chicago), Caffe Nero (London), and La Colombe (Philadelphia). Plus, Boston has some of its own coffee options — downtown, there are locations of Thinking Cup, George Howell, Gracenote, and Tatte, among others.