Another coffee chain by way of Korea and Europe appears to be opening on Rte 40 -- this time Caffe Benne in the new construction with Soft Stuff.
Caffe Benne's plan to open in Ellicott City was spotted last year by Michael Gioioso of BMore, and the new location was spotted by Andrea, who posted on the HowChow Facebook page. This is next door to Soft Stuff, the ice cream parlor that just re-opened in new construction on Rte 40 across from the Enchanted Village shopping center.
From the Web, it looks like Caffe Benne fits a mold of Korean chains inspired by European coffee and baking. It looks like Shilla or Bon Apettit or the coffee shop part of Bean & Burgundy. They're all great places to check out -- coffees, other drinks, lots of sweet baked goods, and a touch of savory ones.
Does anyone know the Caffe Benne chain? Any ideas about whether or what makes it stand out?
(Update: Fixed the typo in the headline. Thanks Dan.)