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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."

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 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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