An entertaining, if foreboding, story from Slate about how opening that charming neighborhood coffee shop can ruin your life. I can't say the thought never crossed my mind and I'm sure yours neither.
By the way, sounds like the cafe on the Lower East Side he's referring to is Cafe Trotsky, but I don't know if that closed or not. The "coming-soon" Web site sure isn't a good sign. It's like a restuarant that has a "closed for renovation" sign in the window.