by Martha Bayne
Addendum: Who knows if there's actually some causal relationship here, but Reader contributor Anne Spiselman confirms this hypothesis. "I went to Coalfire last night (May 24), and it was almost empty. We were there from 7 to about 8 PM, and only a handful of tables were occupied. Then, remembering that Crust was opening the same day, we drove by and it was packed inside and in the sidewalk cafe."