How foreboding! The Starbucks on Second Avenue and 9th Street—which moved into the once "cursed" corner restaurant spot after outgrowing its previous location across the street—is currently shut down. And according to the sign in the window from the Department of Consumer Affairs it's because they were "operating illegally." Or is this just part of an elaborate cover story for the sinister Starbucks Phase 2?

We've reached out to the DCA for an explanation, but a rep from the coffee chain tells The Local that it is no biggie. The shop—whose wifi is still working, if that's all you wanted!—just forgot to renew its sidewalk cafe permit. Per spokesman Zack Hutson:

“Our store at 145 Second Avenue will be closed May 14 -16 as a result of an administrative oversight in renewing our permit with the City for outdoor seating. We worked very closely with the City to resolve this matter and we are reviewing our internal processes to prevent a similar situation from happening at another store in the future. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and invite them to visit our nearby store at Astor Place in the meantime.”

As the rep notes, it isn't like those desperate for a bit o' 'bucks need go very far for their fix. And to that end it is almost a shame that Astor Place no longer boasts three separate Starbucks to deal with the overflow. Want to try something new? Go and check out one of the many, many other quality coffee shops in the neighborhood!