The Starbucks at Platt street and William street in FiDi is an anomaly. From the outside, it looks amazing. It’s exterior is all platted glass. There’s an interior Starbucks sign that curves along with the exterior structure. It’s located inside the beautifully decorated courtyard of the large office building at One William Street. And everything in close proximity seems to glow due to the luminous pillars and overhead lights of the courtyard.
Unfortunately, the magic fades once you enter the Starbucks itself. The structure of the lobby curves along with the arching exterior. And since there’s only one entrance, this causes a good deal of bottlenecking at the end of the line where patrons are waiting to pick up there drinks. I arrived at 5pm today and the crowd was not too bad, but I can’t imagine what this Starbucks looks like during the morning rush.
Don’t get me wrong. This Starbucks is beautifully decorated. But its size and design flaws seem somewhat impractical for a busy FiDi location.
The Location… At the base of the towering office building of One William Street and near virtually every train that runs through FiDi.
The Design… Sure it looks pretty from the outside, but with only one entrance and a narrow, curving lobby, this Starbucks can create quite a bind.
The Size… A super small lobby that’s mostly window sill and bar counters.
The Seating… None to speak of.
The Restroom… None for public use.
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Overall Starbucks Rating:
A FiDi Starbucks that looks better from the outside looking in.