Nosy Neighbor: What’s Opening at 280 Broadway?

Any chance you know what will be taking the place of the old Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf spot at 280 Broadway? —Lisa

I hadn’t realized anything was happening there till Lisa tweeted me. Sure enough, work is happening inside: As you can see from the photo below, the interior is being not just demolished but rebuilt. The Department of Buildings paperwork lists Stuart Royal as the lease holder; the only two men by that name I could find in this area are a guy who owns his own trucking company and a co-owner of Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center, which is based in White Plains, with outposts there, in the A&D Building here in the city, and on Long Island. The notary public who notarized the form is Robert I. Satran of Westchester County. Wouldn’t you know…. Rob Satran is another co-owner (and general counsel) of Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center.

Someone at the uptown location confirmed that the company—known as Leiberts in Westchester and Royal Green Appliances everywhere else—is opening a showroom at 280 Broadway. As for what specifically we might expect from the 2,000-square-foot space, we’ll have to wait and see.

UPDATE 2/25: From a recent press release: “The company sought to design a state of the art showroom in the mecca of NY ‘s design community, focused on the trade and what their needs would be as they walked a client through the space. ‘Appliances are still a commodity that the end user wants to touch and feel and so we have created a space that gives the client the ability to see over 10 high end vignettes in one space,’ continued Rob Satran, ‘the key was not to overwhelm the client but at the same time be able to give them the look and feel of each of these amazing manufacturers and what their capabilities are.’ The showroom features manufacturing standards like Sub Zero, Wolf, Viking, Thermador, Bosch, Miele and Monogram. It also displays modernist collections like Dacor, Bertazzoni, Liebherr, Jenn-Air and Fisher Paykel. It also gives the client exposure to professional product that has custom color capability and high-end output like Blue Star and La Cornue’s Chatteau Collection.”

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