We love the smell of hype in the morning: smells like... fresh coffee! Someday L.A. company The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is gonna open in NYC, and we've just been told that day is fast approaching. A representative of The Bean says the first location, at 39th and Broadway, is poised to open by the end of the month with seating for 35. And four more locations, all in Manhattan, will follow on its footsteps by the end of 2011.
Their publicist wouldn't spill the beans on where the other locations will be, but we did find out that each store is being designed to evoke the neighborhood. The first Bean in the Fashion District, for example, is partnering with a fashion designer "for things both in and out of store." So within weeks you should be able to sip Arabica coffee from a sequined stiletto.
And if you're concerned about whether laptop users with weak batteries will be welcomed, we're told The Bean has Wi-Fi and is "fully wired."