Dot & Line is the coffee shop Brooklyn needs
Do We Need Another Coffee Shop? Yes, This One
At Dot & Line, the beauty's in the details. How the owners built this Boerum Hill newcomer to stand out from the crowd
To introduce one of the newest coffee shops in Brooklyn, I was going to rattle off the names of the many espresso bars and mini-chains and local favorites in the borough, just to illustrate how invaded it’s become. But then I thought, I might actually break the Internet.
Brooklyn does not want for coffee. That is a fact. From recognizable shops that carry your favorite almond milk, to your neighborhood pour-over place that rotates beans weekly, it’s impossible to estimate just how many caffeine purveyors have set up shop in Brooklyn. So let’s say there are a million coffee shops—hyperbolic, maybe, but I’m confident no one has time to count them—and then there is Dot & Line.
Say, for example, it’s a drizzly winter afternoon that looks precisely the same as every other drizzly winter afternoon. You want coffee but itch for a change of scenery. Maybe you wander across Atlantic Avenue and head towards Boerum Hill. And perhaps you stumble across a cute small storefront. You drink some coffee—and you are charmed. By the decor. The brew. That everyone’s actually nice. And just like that, it’s clear Dot & Line can overcome the biggest hurdle facing any new coffee shop in Brooklyn’s oversaturated marketplace: wresting customers out of their old routine and settling them into a new one.
Despite its cozy interior and carefully appointed selection of goods for sale, Dot & Line isn’t a showy place—in fact, it looks more like a living room. But that doesn’t mean every choice isn’t deliberate. Opened in January by wife-and-husband co-owners Amber Eltaieb and Bart Rozyk, both coffee aficionados and native Brooklynites (she’s from Cobble Hill; he grew up in Brighton Beach), Dot & Line began as a way to set down additional roots and give back to the place they lived in and loved. They also wanted to combine their professional strengths. Her experience as a social worker and therapist and his history as an art consultant who has also worked in the food and design worlds actually proved invaluable in the journey to opening the doors.