SPoT Coffee headed to new Market Center complex

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first floor of the Market Center Apartments building Bonacio is now constructing on Railroad Place will house a coffee shop in addition to the long-planned Price Chopper.

SPoT Coffee — a Canadian company with coffee shops in Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester and Delray Beach, Fla. — confirmed Friday that they will open their 10th shop in Saratoga Springs.

The company says this is the first of three cafes planned for upstate New York. 

From the company's press release:

 SPoT Saratoga Springs, the Company's first cafe in this area, will highlight 2,460 square feet of space including 600 square feet of an indoor/outdoor atrium and additional outdoor patio space. The interior design will be aligned with SPoT's community-oriented cafe concept showcasing a unique wall sized mural capturing the culture of the surrounding community, dining and lounge style seating areas and a stage for live entertainment. SPoT's complete menu of gourmet food and specialty beverages will be offered including SPoT's famous Belgian waffles, freshly prepared gourmet pizzas, signature sandwiches, SPoT's own in-house roasted coffee and an assortment of freshly baked desserts and goods will be available.

Click here to read the full statement.

Sounds nice.

I have a call in to the folks at Bonacio to get their take on the plan and I'm also hoping to get some more information from SPoT (like a firmer open date, right now they're saying Spring 2012).

Bonacio held a 'topping off' ceremony at Market Center in December and construction is definitely progressing. 

Ok commenters, what do you think? Will SPoT be a welcome addition to the Spa City or are we already on enough of a caffeine buzz with several downtown coffee shops?

Emily Donohue


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, another chain downtown. Already have a starbucks. So much for hoping for something awesome. Looks pretty generic from the webpage.

Friday, February 03, 2012 8:21:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's poorly done that they would put a coffee shop in when two blocks away you have Country Corner, Compton's and Uncommon a little further down. Why not put in something unique that doesn't take away business from establishments that have been here for years?

Friday, February 03, 2012 8:23:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure. I know we can't tell private companies what to build, but we already have at least six coffee shops in town - three on Broadway alone. Not to mention the numerous other places that sell coffee but we wouldn't consider "coffee shops". Well, I guess having a ton of coffee shops doesn't look as weird as having a ton of ice cream/gelato/ice places when winter comes around.

Friday, February 03, 2012 10:17:00 PM 
Blogger Rick said...

we need another Borders layout not an upscale coffee shop.

Saturday, February 04, 2012 12:26:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Saturday, February 04, 2012 8:33:00 AM 
Blogger Saratogian Online said...

Sorry for the delay in posting your comments, I was a bit distracted by Chowderfest and Superbowl festivities this weekend!

So it sounds like the consensus is that Saratoga already has lots of coffee shops so this might just add to the noise. I'm willing to give it a shot, though... I'm hoping it might be a bit quieter (with wifi!) than Uncommon Grounds and a better place to get work done.


Monday, February 06, 2012 12:20:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God for competition! In Saratoga we have low-end cafe/diners and high end (Mrs. London's)--nothing in the middle. I grew up in Saratoga and whenever I'm back there now and want to go out for breakfast, there is no decent choice (beyond 50 South, which only serves breakfast on the weekends) if one wants something more than some crappy eggs slung on a plate. Face reality folks, Saratoga moved into the realm of generic and gigantic a long time ago and there's no going back now to when the town actually had some soul. If the coffee doesn't taste burnt and I can get a decent egg sandwich at two in the afternoon in a room that isn't filled with cheesy decorations, then I say Bring it on.

Friday, February 10, 2012 8:58:00 AM 

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