Stumptown opens in Cobble Hill!Aug 03, 2018
Stumptown Cobble Hill is our first cafe in Brooklyn, located in a historic neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets, period architecture, and community-centric vibes. We’ve been itching to open this cafe for ages - so many humans of Stumptown live in Brooklyn, and we consider NYC our second home. We’ve been roasting out of Red Hook since 2009 and currently have two other NY outposts - one in Greenwich Village, and another in the Ace Hotel NYC.
Built in 1863, this landmark space where our cafe now lives was originally a firehouse called Empire Engine 19, and functioned as such until 1869. During the Civil War, it served the Union as one of New York City's most notorious independent fire militias before being disbanded after the war ended. It didn’t stay vacant for long - since then it’s been home to a stone carving company that manufactured tombstones, a Turkish bathhouse, a peanut roasting company, and even an Invisible Dog on a Leash factory. Seems only natural that Stumptown would now take residence, filling the building’s brick walls with positive vibes.
With this cafe we wanted to make sure that we created a welcoming space, where everyone feels invited to come hang out, work on projects, and make new connections. We called upon our designers to help make this happen by creating different zones perfect for hanging with your pup, parking your stroller, reading a novel, or staring blissfully at a wall while your day is redeemed by the perfect cup of coffee.
With the help of the amazing Jessica Helgerson Interior Design and a myriad of skilled designers and craftsmen, we built our new cafe space to foreground the new work of artists and artisans while keeping the authentic history of the building intact. The cafe is filled with the work of 5 prolific artists - Zachary Marvick who made our rune-like ceiling tile, Nix and Gerber who created peep-hole installations in our bathrooms, Melanie Nead who hand-painted our custom La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machine, and Marcel Dzama who created a majestic custom triptych titled “To Rise and Fall and to Rise and Fall Again” especially for our space.
Our neighbors upstairs, the Night Archers, have kept the building in their family for over 40 years now, and have devoted themselves to restoring the facade of the building back to its original glory with precise attention to detail. Soon they hope to have it recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re incredible artists in their own right, working on production design in the film industry under the moniker Empire Engine 19. Say “hi,” if you see them around.
We're so stoked that this cafe is our first in New York to feature both hot and cold food options, provided to us by our amazing friends Lalito and curated by Chef Gerardo Gonzalez. They make beautiful food with a special focus on Mexico-by-way-of-San-Diego cuisine. Yes, our menu features their famous banana tahini bread.
One of our favorite new neighbors is an organization called Brooklyn United. On the opening day of our cafe they marched through our neighborhood streets, ending with an incredible performance of dance, music and joy outside the front of our cafe. We donated all opening day sales to their wonderful mission; they serve New York City’s youth by providing them with training in dance and performance in a positive marching band setting, paired with equal attention to academic support and mentorship. Their current youngest performer is 5 years old, and they follow their kids up until high school graduation, when they often go off to college on music or dance scholarships.
Through the program the kids build confidence, and it shows. They are fierce! We couldn’t be more impressed. While hanging in the crowd watching Brooklyn United perform, we spoke to one of the children’s grandparents - she said, “That’s my grandchild over there - but these are all my kids. Everyone’s family here.” We loved hearing that sentiment on opening day. With that spirit, we welcome you to Stumptown Cobble Hill.
Find us at:
212B Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Everyday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.