Custom House Coffee Closes [POLL]

Owners of the Main Street coffee shop decide to focus their efforts on a new Fall River store.

It worked in Portsmouth, it worked in Middletown, but never took off in East Greenwich so the owners have closed it down.

"We love the town. It's a great community. It just never caught on," said George Doumaney, co-owner with Mark Libby. "Our other locations are so busy, just constantly busy. It pains Mark and I but we had to make a business decision to close it down because it never took off."

. Last summer, they obtained a liquor license. But now they're focusing their efforts on their two existing East Bay stores and a new one planned for Commonwealth Landing in Fall River, a mill building that's being converted.

"The product is alive and well," said Doumaney, referring to their locally roasted coffee beans. "This summer it will be available over at with The Coffee Guy. Our beans are still available at the Whole Foods and, of course, on our website."

He said this doesn't mean they wouldn't try again in East Greenwich someday.

"If there's something available in the future like up on Route 2 where there's an abundance of parking and there's easier access," Doumaney said, "I think we'd consider that."

Mark Thompson March 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Leaving East Greenwich in favor of Fall River....things sure have changed!
Reyshelle Addessi March 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A few people I know were very unhappy with the service there (being short with them, lots of attitude) so they opted for Simon Says. The way your workers treat your customers has a HUGE impact
Reyshelle Addessi March 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I think a gift store that only has homemade items would take off.
Anna March 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I wish Julias would come back, homemade fresh bread and soup. It was by far the best place that has ever been in that location and my family and I still miss it!!!
EG Lurker March 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I hope and pray that we get either a bridal store, nail salon, or hair salon in this space! 3 things Main St is sorely lacking...
Stephanie March 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Seven stars bakery should move in!!!
GameMaker March 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
While I was really hoping for a bridal nail salon with authentic antipasto offerings, but I guess a genuine French patisserie would work as well...
Angel March 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
The town has SO many of the same old same old along main street...I like the idea of a nice little bakery coming back in...I know alot of the little diners have closed, but how many breakfast places or coffee houses do we really need?
EG Lurker March 08, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Can that Italian bridal nail salon also offer boutique knick knack products?
EG Lurker March 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
now you're talking!
Spring Street March 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Loved their Zombies ! The owner and his wife dedicate themselves to their business. She makes all the food ,delicious ! He a Bostonian she an RI girl . She stole his heart and he moved here ! A Love Story ! Lil" shops struggle ,economy difficault ! Sad to put one's money,eneryg,hopes and dreams into any venture and have it go south. Now 13% tax on restaurant meals. Makes one wonder what the powers to be are wondering ? Conway Tours here for decades was going to slide over to Mass. due to a tax hike . Then RI would lose there 1.2 million in taxes.
Frederick Remington March 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Service at Custom House Coffee was good, and sad to see them go. But just another reflection of the 'vibrancy' of Main Street we keep hearing about. When are we stop deluding ourselves?
EGfav228 March 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I vote for a vegan restaurant or bakery!!!!
Class of 98 March 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
A Calvitto's Bakery.
Alan Weiss, PhD March 09, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The last thing Main Street needs is more coffee shops or nail salons. The city has been inept at attracting the kind of diversity a town of this affluence could support. Would a great steak restaurant, or French restaurant be out of the question? How about a high quality men's store? The old Post Office Restaurant remains vacant? Main Street is an embarrassment.
Erica Maddalena March 09, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Wild Harvest Bakery/ Cafe in the Bennys's Plaza is a fantastic small bakery. We make all of our own freshly baked artisan breads as well as Danish, muffins, cinnamon rolls. In addition to our baked goods we offer a full line of all natural and organic prepared foods. Many vegetarian and vegan options as well. come and check us out!
EGfav228 March 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I didn't know that...I will have to try it! Thanks!
Spring Street March 10, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Hm I've got it ! A Fortune Teller , Palm Reader ! Perfect size and location ! Plus that's one business we don't have in town ! She might just have the inside scoop !
Carl I. Hoyer June 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
(1) i'm in favor of a bakery. (2) What IS the status of the P.O. Cafe'? Should have re-opened in April? (3) Why do "coffee" shops need a liquor license? Are we perhaps sending the wrong message, especially to our kids? 'nuff said !
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Hi Carl. 1. I'm in favor of a bakery too! But, the Oyster Bar sounds interesting and new, so I'm happy about that. 2. Very good question about the Post Office Cafe. I've made inquiries but haven't gotten anywhere ... it's time for me to try a little harder! 3. I think Custom House went for one hoping to bring in more customers. I guess you've got to sell A LOT of coffee if you want to stay a coffee shop alone.
Carl I. Hoyer June 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Gee, wonder how Dunkin' Donuts manages to do it without a liquor license ? Maybe that's next?
Mutato June 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Maybe a hole in the wall type Thai restaurant? Very basic and simple. Good food.


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