A “Dumb Starbucks” has opened in California. But what is it exactly? And how can it exist without facing a slew of real Starbucks lawyers? All you want to know is right here!
1. Dumb Starbucks is Located in Los Angeles, California
It at 1802 Hillhurst Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of central Los Angeles. Los Feliz is typically viewed as an affluent area, with expensive and historical homes and a large crowd of daily Starbucks sippers.
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2. Dumb Starbucks Opened This Past Weekend
The dumb coffee store opened this past weekend without any formal announcement or celebration. Soon after, a one-hour wait ensued with very little information as to who/what was behind the overnight sensation.
— Frank Stoltze (@StoltzeFrankly) February 9, 2014
3. Some are Saying Infamous Street Artist Banksy is Behind Dumb Starbucks
It was reported that new Banksy artworks have been popping up in Los Angeles this last month, inspiring some to assume that Dumb Starbucks may be this guerrilla artist’s work.
UPDATE 2/10/14 6:43 P.M.: Other news outlets are alleging that is actually the work of artist Marc Horowitz.
4. Everything is Free at Dumb Starbucks
Although a traditional Starbucks menu is viewable in Dumb Starbucks, the overnight coffee shop did not charge its customers. It only truly offered iced coffee and lattes, with the sizes available sizes including: dumb tall, dumb grande and dumb venti.
5. Dumb Starbucks is Claiming Itself to be an Art Piece
This sign was outside Dumb Starbucks, hoping to evade the real Starbucks’ infamously litigious lawyers.
However, recent developments have said that Starbucks lawyers are still looking for a way to get involved legally. USA Today reports:
In an email to USA TODAY Network on Monday, Starbucks said Dumb Starbucks is not affiliated with Starbucks.
“We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark,” according to Starbuck’s email.