Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Render Coffee Is Opening at CIC in Boston's Financial District

Ed note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Render Coffee is the cafe that is opening within the space.]

A local real estate services/venture capital company that is based in Cambridge is bringing a cafe and coffeehouse to the heart of downtown Boston.

According to a job post within the Craigslist site, CIC (which is also known as Cambridge Innovation Center) is bringing a cafe to 50 Milk Street in the Financial District, with the place featuring "coffee, espresso, and other specialty drinks using coffee beans not available anywhere else in the United States." The spot, which will reside in the building where CIC Boston is located, will be open to the public, according to the job listing. No opening date has been given as of yet, nor is there any information on what kind of food items might be offered at the cafe.

[February 11, 2016 update: According to a post from the Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog it looks like the address for the upcoming cafe and coffeehouse run by CIC Boston will actually be 121 Devonshire Street, though the building also includes a 50 Milk Street address.]

[March 22, 2016 update: A licensing board page within the City of Boston website indicates that Render Coffee is apparently setting up within 121 Cafe, with the notice saying that "Render Coffee @121" would have a coffee prep area and a storage section in a room on the first floor of 121 Devonshire Street. The original Render Coffee, which is located on Columbus Avenue in the South End, was once picked as one of the best coffee shops in America by The Daily Meal.]

[March 25, 2016 update: Boston Magazine confirms that Render Coffee will indeed be opening where CIC resides, as Render owner Christopher Dadey will be partnering with the company to open a 51-seat coffee shop with its own entrance on Devonshire Street. The article also says that unlike the South End location of Render, this shop will not offer sandwiches and "heartier" breakfast options, instead featuring coffee, espresso, and pastries from Iggy's and Nashoba Brook Bakery. If all goes as planned, the new location of Render could open sometime in April.]

[April 7, 2016 update: According to a Twitter post from @DTownBostonBID, Render Coffee at 121 is now open in Boston's Financial District.]

CIC first started out in Cambridge's Kendall Square in 1999, and is known as a "community of startups" that also has facilities in St. Louis and Rotterdam. Its website can be found at http://cic.us/

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