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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gourmet food trucks to the rescue as L.A. Police Academy cafe prepares for a shut down

The Los Angeles Police Revolver & Athletic Club Cafe – the retro police academy coffee shop where cops and other customers dine under displays of vintage photos and batons – is closing at the end of the month for a remodeling. But the LAPD cadets and staff  the Elysian Park facility won’t go hungry. The Los Angeles Police Revolver & Athletic Club, which operates the cafe and other facilities, plans to bring in “gourmet food trucks,” ranging from Slammin Sliders to The Chili Philosopher.

The upcoming closure and remodeling comes as the long-time cafe has been struggling, according to the club.  With fewer personnel assigned to the academy in Elysian Park (the LAPD operates police training across several locations) and fewer classes,  “our sales in the cafe have significantly dropped” and “income has not been at a level to sustain operations,”  John Incontro, president of the police athletic club, said in a letter posted on the organization’s website.

Despite the decline in business, the cafe is expected to reopen once construction is complete but no reopening date was provided.   One employee said the construction will include an entirely new kitchen but efforts will be made to retain the vintage vibe and layout of the dining room with its U-shaped counters and displays.

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