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Combo Coffee Shop and Pay-Per-Hour Workspace Opening in Cooper Square

By Allegra Hobbs | January 23, 2017 6:05pm | Updated on January 24, 2017 5:43pm
 Pourt's cafe is now open at 35 Cooper Square.
Pourt's cafe is now open at 35 Cooper Square.
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EAST VILLAGE — A new cafe and workspace in Cooper Square will offer desks and bottomless coffee to workers at an hourly rate starting next week.

Pourt, which is now serving up Intelligentsia coffee and food from local city vendors out of its cafe space at 35 Cooper Square, will soon unveil a freelancer-friendly workspace equipped with 18 desks, a five-person conference room and bottomless beverage deals for visitors.

"We are always looking for that third place to do work other than home or at the office, and for most people that's a coffee shop," said Matt Tervooren, who launched the cafe portion of the space with co-founder Mike Kruszewski on Friday. 

"It was always frustrating for us having small desks, spotty Wi-Fi, sub-par coffee and drinks, and the barista giving you a look if you wait more than an hour to order another drink.

"We wanted to create an environment that is great for people who work for home, or freelancers, or students or even normal business people who just need to get in an hour or two before a meeting and print stuff out."

Guests will be able to reserve a desk in advance on Pourt's website at $7 per hour, and an additional $2.99 per hour will buy them bottomless coffee, espresso or tea, according to rates listed on the space's website. The conference room, which is equipped with a flat-screen TV for video conferencing, is available for $25 per hour.

For patrons who are in it for the long haul, every sixth hour is free.

Tervooren and Kruszewski are currently putting in the finishing touches on the space, such as sticking a glass barrier between the cafe and workspace areas. But if all goes according to plan, the workspace is slated to open Jan. 30, Tervooren said.

In the meantime, the cafe space is currently serving up coffee alongside an assortment of food from local shops, such as pastries from Colson Patisserie, sandwiches and salads from Amy's Bread, bagels from Tompkins Square Bagels and cold-pressed juices from Liquiteria.