Episode 190 of Entrepreneur’s How Success Happens: Nicholas Stone, Founder of BlueStone Lane, on the Power of Connecting with Others

Celebrity chef David Chang is bringing his love for food to Texas with his latest concept, Fuku. Fuku, his delivery-only concept, will serve fried chicken sandwiches and fries from locations in Dallas, Plano and Houston.

David Chang’s noodle bar on New York City’s Lower East Side helped launch a ramen revolution in this country when it debuted in 2004. Now, thanks to Sun Noodle, there’s a fiery new reason to slurp Momofuku-style using limited edition meal kits. Bonus!  A portion of all product sales will be donated to the Asian American Justice Center.

Australian-inspired New York-based coffee roaster and cafe, Bluestone Lane,will open up to 15 locations this year, making it one of the fastest-growing premium cafes in the country. The openings will continue to expand Bluestone Lane’s footprint in New York City and the surrounding suburbs, according to a press release.

Bluestone Lane openings will include:

• Manhattan’s Battery Park
• Three locations at New York’s 28-acre Chelsea Piers: A café on the north side of the complex and coffee shops at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Chelsea Piers Fitness locations
• The Avery in San Francisco
• The Walt Disney-run Fox Lot in Century City, LA, in which the company will be the exclusive provider of coffee throughout the lot

The company is also looking at expansion in New Jersey and the greater DC area, as well as opening its first-ever cafés throughout Texas by the end of the year.

“Bluestone Lane built a loyal following in bustling cities, where our locals could enjoy their daily escape with premium coffee and a healthy meal,” Nicholas Stone, founder, CEO, Bluestone Lane said in the release. “Many locals have moved to the suburbs, but we also know that major cities like New York aren’t going away. So, our expansion plan includes both. Today’s Bluestone Lane experience pairs contactless digital ordering without losing the personalized Australian hospitality that we are known for. We are excited to bring that experience to even more locations in 2021.”

With the success of a test pilot at Bluestone Lane’s Los Altos café, the brand also plans to expand a mobile-enabled drive-thru experience to additional suburban locations.

Bluestone Lane operates 52 coffee shops and cafés across the U.S. and Canada.

Bluestone Lane was named to the Inc 5000 Regionals list of the fastest-growing companies headquartered in the NY Metro area, and the fastest-growing in the food & beverage sector.

The companies that made the ranking set a high bar. In a period when so many businesses lack clarity, these leaders are bound to be the first to get to tomorrow.

&pizza has long been ahead of the curve on technology, but in 2020, the fast-casual chain made sure it was ahead of its competitors in terms of diversity, inclusion and political activism. The pizza chain — helmed by founder and CEO Michael Lastoria — held nothing back in 2020.

We named Lastoria to our 2021 Power List for steps the brand took in 2020 to rise above the pack, including their advocacy for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, diversity and inclusion, and political activism, from serving pizzas to voters waiting in line to closing shops on Election Day to allow employees the time to vote.

Momofuku didn’t invent the pandemic pantry pivot, but that isn’t stopping the trendy eatery from mastering the shift in an otherwise terrible year for restaurants.

Washington, D.C.-based &pizza, the politically progressive chain that has long fought for a higher national minimum wage, said Wednesday it will pay all of its workers at least $15 an hour starting in 2022.

Humanitarian and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills has teamed up with New York City-born roaster and retailer Bluestone Lane in a new charitable partnership to support Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

The deal continues the love affair between the NBA and coffee — from Darrell Armstrong’s legendary coffee habit that earned him the nickname “Coffee Man” back in late 1990s to Jimmy Butler’s Big Face Coffee brand born in the 2020 NBA playoff bubble.

Though he is a coffee drinker, Mills is entering the coffee sphere not as a consumer or purveyor, but as an advocate for Indigenous people of Australia. Despite their current workplaces, Mills and Bluestone Lane can each trace their roots back to Oceania, with Mills hailing from the Torres Strait Islands and Bluestone Lane Founder Nicholas Stone hailing from Melbourne. 

Together with Mills and his Team Mills Foundation, Bluestone Lane is launching a program called Keriba Ged, which will create pathways at Bluestone Lane locations in the United States for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to learn business and hospitality skills while living abroad. The program is expected to launch in 2021.

“What we do together will create a model that builds confidence and experience for a lifetime, equipping the successful applicants with valuable life and business skills, setting them up with the tools to flourish and succeed, which can then be replicated and applied across other global businesses worldwide and in their communities back home,” Mills said in an announcement released by Bluestone Lane today.

This isn’t Mills first foray into coffee-related charitable work. Earlier this year, he led a #GiveMamaCoffee campaign encouraging people to buy Mother’s Day gifts from local coffee shops. That campaign raised more than $100,000 and Mills signed a matching $100,000+ check for a San Antonio Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

In 2018, Bluestone Lane received a nearly $19 million minority investment with plans to grow to 60 retail stores. The company now operates 51 retail coffee shops in the greater New York City, Los Angeles, Bay Area, Washington D.C., Boston and Toronto markets.

Join Bluestone Lane’s third consecutive Movember campaign by Oct. 31 to support men’s health and receive a $5 daily coffee credit

NEW YORK (Oct. 20, 2020) – This November, Australian specialty roaster & café brand Bluestone Lane will serve as the official meeting hub of the Movember movement, offering a place for locals across its 51 locations to come together and talk about men’s health and mental health – over free coffee every day.

Anyone who registers to join Bluestone Lane’s Movember campaign by Oct. 31 will receive a $5 daily afternoon credit to spend at Bluestone Lanes nationwide through the Bluestone Lane app during November. The brand is encouraging participants to use the credit to connect with their mates for important conversations about men’s health, to boost their own mental health, and to raise funding and awareness for the cause.

Nearly half of American men have said that their emotional and mental health has declined during the pandemic. We need connection more than ever, and there is no better way to have that connection than over a great cup of coffee or tea,” Bluestone Lane Founder and CEO Nicholas Stone said. “Bluestone Lane is encouraging our locals to grab a cup of coffee with a mate every day this month and have important conversations about the health and wellbeing of you, your loved ones and your communities. Bluestone Lane has always been a place for our locals to come together with friends, and coffee is such a catalyst for conversation.  Even if you cannot donate to the cause, we want you to use this daily credit to have a conversation to support the health of your mates. We provide the coffee, and you provide the conversation.”

Movember is the leading global charity changing the face of men’s health. From its beginnings in Australia, the foundation has expanded to 21 countries, taking with it the iconic Movember moustache as its badge of honor. The Movember movement is about raising awareness and funding to support some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

This is Bluestone Lane’s third year as the conversation hub of Movember. In 2019, the team raised over $280,000 to support the movement.

How it works:

  1. Register to join the BL Mo Space at MoNetwork.co/BluestoneLane by Oct. 31
  2. Download the Bluestone Lane app (new users automatically receive a $5 credit)
  3. Look for an email from Bluestone Lane at the start of Movember to register and begin receiving a $5 daily afternoon coffee credit (total value of up to $150)
  4. Raise at least $75 by Nov. 15 to continue receiving the credit, with the goal of raising $150 by Nov. 30

About Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane is a New York-born Australia lifestyle and hospitality brand, and one of America’s top 25 fastest-growing fast-casual businesses, leading the movement in third and fourth wave coffee culture. Known for introducing the “Flat White” and “Avocado Smash” to the United States, the brand has had an undeniable influence on the American market and has enjoyed rapid adoption from consumers who are looking for superior coffee, an elevated experience and healthier menu options. Bluestone Lane’s award-winning coffee and café business was founded by former Melbournian Nicholas Stone, who upon moving to New York City, discovered that there was a real opportunity to provide an enhanced coffee and café experience, rather than one focused purely on transactions and solving a need for caffeine. Bluestone Lane currently operates 51 coffee shops and cafés across the U.S. and Canada.

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