Well, kiddies, looks like the Starbucks in OB has closed and moved on. There’s a sign in one of the windows that announces that OB Kabob will be moving into the storefront at the corner of Newport Avenue and Bacon Street.
Nope. Not yet. Sorry. It’s Seth’s Chop Shop that is being remodeled and will be the site of the new OB Kabob.
This Starbucks opened the day of the 9-11 attacks and suffered through months and years of boycotts and demonstrations out side its doors. And even though there were reports it was operating in the red, the corporation wanted apparently to show that it would not be intimidated by local boycotts. It even stayed open after mother Starbucks closed some 400 storefronts a few years ago.
Many locals refused to go in, despite the official boycott succumbing to the years. And a reliable source told us a contractor on the job says he can’t believe how many folks have walked by and commented “Boy, we were hoping they were moving out!”