This one appears to have gone overlooked by many (thanks to Chris for the tip!), but Empire has hinted on its blog that a new project is in the works:
I guess now would be the time to break the news…we’re planning a roastery/cafe for this time next year in the heart of Columbia City a block from the original Empire Espresso. We’re keeping our current cafe. The new cafe will have little to no food. We have a concept that we think is quite unique. We’ll keep it a secret for now.It might not look as fancy as the that new Starbucks [click for link that’s being referenced] but it will be a store that Columbia City residents can be proud of.