Neighborhood News & Events: Starbucks JSQ Now Open, Pret A Manger Coming to Newport

**Journal Square residents have a new spot to get their coffee from in the morning. Starbucks JSQ is now in soft open mode. Its grand opening will be held this Wednesday at 1pm. —The New JSQ

**Pret A Manger is coming to downtown. The chain — which specializes in healthy, seasonal and fresh food — will open its first Jersey City location in Newport Centre Mall. —Jersey Digs

**Whealth — which specializes in healthy, farm-to-table meals — is now accepting online meal orders. Deliveries will be made after 4pm. Alternatively, you can pick up Whealth dinners at Base NJ or at their Harborside cafe. —Whealth

**A ban that protects local shops by banning chain stores in the downtown area may be lifted by the city council. —NJ.com

**If you missed last week’s Future of Sex Talk by the Jersey City Tech Meetup — you can now listen to the talk/panel online. —Jersey City Tech Meetup

**A new city bill could require developers who receive tax breaks in the downtown area to set aside 15 percent of their developments for “affordable” housing. Under the guidelines, $1,290 for a 1BR would be considered affordable. —NJ.com

Events:

Wednesday: Erin Austin Abbott — author of How To Make It: The Secrets to Building a Successful Business — will be at &co on Wednesday at 6:30pm for a discussion hosted by Word and &co.

Wednesday: PS Wine Bar is throwing another themed music party: Music by Beards as Played by Beavers.

Wednesday: Love French wine? Tickets are still available for Satis Bistro’s A Taste of Burgundy, a 4-course dinner and wine pairing with a focus on the wines from Burgundy. Tickets are $85/pp (includes dinner & wine) and reservations are required. You can peep the food and wine menu here.

Friday: The Grind Coffee Shop presents another Grinding After Dark artist showcase with live music. The BYOB event starts at 7pm.

(Photo: The New JSQ)