HIGHLAND PARK — Will the Highland Park Starbucks – aka “The Most Depressing Starbucks in America” – go from sad to fab? We will find out soon. The York Boulevard store was recently shut down for renovations designed to address some of the criticism that was directed at the outlet after it opened last summer.
Getting the necessary city permits and approvals took longer than expected, delaying the start of the renovation, according to a Starbucks official. The changes should be completed by the end of March.
The company pledged to make several changes following stories in The Eastsider and other media sites:
- Additional storefront windows where customers order which will increase contact with employees. There will be one window to order and another to pick up.
- Relocating and screening the bathroom door
- Removing salvaged windows and installing roll-up doors
- Converting the planter in front to sidewalk seating and creating two pedestrian entrances of the sidewalk.
- Replacing the roll-up metal doors with two large recycled wood doors that slide barn door style.
- Enhancing the side patio experience through a trellis and lighting