Facebook denied any involvement in the decision by Vornado Realty Trust to terminate its lease with a family-run coffee shop and newsstand in the lobby of 770 Broadway, the building that houses its New York offices, according to the New York Post.
The Post reported that the Headline News coffee stand — which was run by Pete Patel and two family members — will be replaced by the more high-end Bluestone Lane, adding that Vornado informed Patel of the lease termination six months ago.
Tenants of 770 Broadway — which also include employees of Billboard, Adweek, The Huffington Post, AOL and Backstage — gathered more than 700 signatures on a Change.org petition aimed at saving Headline News, and one source told the Post:
Facebook wants a fancy espresso joint so when visitors come, they have a place to take them.
However, a spokesperson for the social network told the Post:
While we do work with Vornado, we have not approached them about the coffee shop.
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