Is it a coffee shop or a diner? New Silver Lake restaurant opens

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The Eastsider’s story on Monday about the new Sunset Junction Coffee Shop  in Silver Lake stirred up a debate in the comments section about whether this was indeed a coffee shop or a diner.  Sunset Junction Coffee Shop, owned by Jenna Turner and partners, opened today and KCET blogger  Katherine Spiers paid a visit and took a stab at explaining the difference between a diner and coffee shop:

Turner, who is originally from New Jersey, uses the term “coffee shop” purely in the East Coast sense, something we Left Coasters would call a “diner” or just “breakfast place.” Traditionally, the main difference between diners and coffee shops is that the former is a freestanding establishment, while the latter occupies part of a larger building; the food is similar in both.

Turner, by the way, describes the interior design of the Sunset Junction Coffee Shop as “60s American diner.”


  1. good name for the new place

    im glad they didn’t call it some goofy name like Tsunami Coffee house or something

  2. Hope the coffee is free refill. Really miss that. I know it’s quality not quantity, but sitting at a diner, coffee shop, whatever, and having like 5 cups of coffee is the best!

  3. Ate there today. Met Jenna. She’s got a great attitude, very hospitable. Food was good. Service was excellent. She’s a great addition to the neighborhood.

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