They're... HERE! YIPPEE!! My friend Julie called on Monday to share the news with me; they had opened that morning. We met today for delicious coffee and cheesecake (the baked goods looked much better than those offered in the USA; I had heard that they would be focusing on providing good food since that's important to Russian customers). I also got the "Moscow" city mug and some Christmas Blend beans. I had been looking forward to picking up a matrioshka-style travel mug, but they were out of stock (more arriving soon). They're so cute!
The cafe is at 17 Starii Arbat, next to Sbarro. As I had hoped, smoking and alcohol aren't allowed; this is extremely rare in Moscow.
Edited: The price of 20 oz. latte is 200 rubles, approximately $8.20. The same drink costs $3.25 in Avon, CT. The prices, however, were similar or less (even significantly) than the main competitors here: Coffee House, Shokoladnitsa and Coffee Mania. McDonald's MacCafe is still the cheapest, but way too crowded and just not as nice... The coffee at Starbucks was much better today than that at MacCafe, too. A bag of beans that would be around $8 in Avon cost around $10.50 here-- no more that what you'd pay for a vacuum-packed bag of beans from Lavazza or Meinle (the best brands at the grocery store).