Eastgate coffee shop Blackbirds shuts 'until further notice'

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Blackbirds coffee & crumbs has flown the coop.

The Eastgate coffee shop has closed its doors. A sign at the building, 515 N. Wilbur Ave., says the business is “closed until further notice.” All of the equipment and furnishings have been removed.

The shop has had numerous transitions in the last seven years, but was most recently owned by Kristen Grace.

Located in a business center across from Staples, it operated next to Sullivan Vitamins & Irish Shop.

The spot has hosted a number of businesses over the years. In 2005 it was home to an urban retail store. In 2006 the space transitioned to coffee, starting as Concrete Mama Coffee and then becoming Java Hut before a sale that saw the introduction of Blackbirds grind & grill and eventually Blackbirds coffee & crumbs.

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