Word on the street is that Zinc Cafe & Market will open its fourth Southern California location in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles during 2013. According to founder and third-generation vegetarian John Secretan, his organic eatery will open late this fall at 580 Mateo St., a building that formerly housed a packaging company, across Willow St. from Handsome Coffee Roasters. Expanding on the aesthetics and menus of other Zinc locations in Laguna Beach, Solana Beach, and Corona del Mar, the Arts District location will start by offering breakfast and lunch only, eventually dinner. It will also offer take-out meal options and retail items through an onsite marketplace. Plans also include having a pizza oven, an afternoon beer garden, and hopefully, a full bar.
Known for using only the finest in-season fruits and vegetables at his cafes, Secretan says, “It’s just how I eat.”
P.S. Why the name Zinc? Apparently, sometimes European corner cafes are called “le zinc,” referring to their zinc-covered tables and counters.