Governor Malloy will able to get a java at Starbucks this weekend in downtown Hartford. Eyewitness News has learned the Starbucks at CityPlace will open for limited hours this Saturday and a week from Sunday, presumably to take advantage of the crowds expected for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and O’Hartford 5K road race.
Malloy’s complaint in January on Face the State about the Starbucks being closed later received national attention when he asked about it on MSNBC. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said they would have to talk to the CEO of Starbucks about it. Starbucks sponsors “Morning Joe.” Did the CEO get involved?
More importantly, the governor’s complaint brought attention to a long standing problem with downtown Hartford: very few establishments open on Sundays, creating a ghost town atmosphere that is disappointing to downtown residents and downright perplexing to tourists at the Convention Center, hotels, and Connecticut Science Center.
Will this Starbucks open other weekends? Will it lead to other merchants opening on Sundays? Stay tuned.