British coffee chain Caffè Nero plans first US store in Boston

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Months after Dunkin’ Donuts expanded its business to England, one of the United Kingdom’s largest coffee chains is planning its own British invasion of Boston — the heartland of Dunkin’ Country.

Caffè Nero, a London-based chain that operates more than 650 specialty coffee shops in six countries, is slated to open its first US restaurant in Downtown Crossing in late April.

The coffee shop is known for Italian espresso and has added drip coffee to its Boston menu to appeal to local tastes. The new cafe, to be located in the Millennium Place building next to the new Legal Crossing restaurant, will also feature sandwiches, salads, and cakes, cookies, and pastries from local bakeries.

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