WHAT’S IN [coming]
Blue Bottle Coffee Company Takes Over Handsome Coffee Roasters
Standing in line for coffee this morning, I heard the news about the purchase of the two-year-old Arts District roaster. I promptly bought several t-shirts, the last coffee gift box, and the remaining two coffee mugs on the shelf. When asked, Michael Phillips suggested “sugar and milk might be served” when the transition is completed.
Oscar Hermosillo’s “Cerveteca Downtown”
923 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90013
PPPSSTT … look what’s coming! I’ve always said that the “Arts District is like Venice, but without the beach” so it was inevitable that not only do we have local businesses like Würstkuche opening in Venice, we now have Venice businesses coming to the Arts District. Oscar Hermosillo — proprietor of Venice Beach Wines, Cerveteca, and Cerveteca Boardwalk — is set to take over the now-shuttered R-23 Sushi & Lounge space and plans to open Cerveteca Downtown sometime this summer combining its “L.A. food with a Latino flair” menu with charcuterie, cheese and wine selections. Let’s hope that they serve brunch like they do in Venice!
New Coffee Bar on 3rd Street
826 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles 90013
Since the March announcement of this new Arts District coffee bar (a collaboration by Tyler Wells formerly of Handsome Coffee Roasters with Würstkuche team Joseph Pitruzzelli and Tyler Wilson), construction seems on track with what is expected to be a soft opening in April without advance notice. This 250-sq-ft space promises to pack a lot of punch by utilizing the outdoor sidewalk area (newly enhanced with trees) and a new doorway that provides direct access into Alchemy Works.
WHAT’S IN NOW
Hand & Machine Studio
2035 Bay Street #116
Los Angeles CA 90021
This design and ceramics studio opened recently south of the Arts District on the up-and-coming Bay Street area. Memberships, access to tools, and classes are available for artists and students in the fields of ceramic arts, pottery, digital fabrication, and industrial design.
Bourbon Supper Club
734 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
An old-fashioned dinner-and-show concept reminiscent of New Orleans’ French Quarter has replaced NOLA’s Taste of New Orleans and features a Cajun menu accompanied by live music, cabaret shows, and burlesque performances. Click HERE for a video of recent performers.
WHAT’S IN AND EXPANDING OUT
Along with Pressed Juicery, Coolhaus, and Intelligentsia Coffee, Arts-District-based The Pie Hole opened a location in Pasadena a few weeks ago. Now you can get your pie topped with ice cream and accompanied by coffee with a juice shooter!
In addition to its Flagship Store in the Arts District, Poketo just opened a storefront at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, offering its unique boutique offerings, along with an international newsstand. After shopping, stay for dinner at Roy Choi’s take of the classic Korean hot pot at his latest restaurant venture POT.