Eagle Rock’s Coffee Table cafe is pouring its last cup this weekend

EAGLE ROCK —   The owners of The Coffee Table had a knack for opening cafes in locations that were beginning to emerge as hot spots as neighborhoods shifted into higher gears of gentrification. In 1997, they opened their first cafe on Rowena Avenue in the north end of Silver Lake and several years later they opened a second cafe in Eagle Rock on Colorado Boulevard.   But in 2011 the Coffee Table in Silver Lake closed to make way for pricey new townhomes. Now, six years later, the Coffee Table in Eagle Rock is calling it quits.

Brett Schoenhals, who opened Coffee Table in partnership with Mike Zamarripa, posted the upcoming closure on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce The Coffee Table will be closing down forever,” said  Our last day of operation will be Sunday, November 12. It has been a great honor to serve the Silver Lake and Eagle Rock communities for over 20 years. We will be selling our signature mosaic tables, the money going to the employees. I will post more details as they become available. Thank you to the thousands of customers we have, it has been a great privilege.”

Schoenhals did not say what prompted the closure. But Eater L.A, which first reported the news,  cited rising rents and slowing sales.

It’s not clear if the closure also applies to the adjacent Coffee Table Lounge.


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  1. This is sad for the owners and it’s alway unfortunate when a long standing business must close, but honestly, it’s not a big loss for ER. There are too many better places to get a cup of coffee or a breakfast burrito. It felt like a restaurant that was trapped in the 90s, a version of ER that is quickly fading. What would do well in this space would be something like Silverlake’s MhZh, chef driven but simple Israeli/Arabic food that is delicious while being accessible to all. Something like a Meditteranean version of Posto Giusto up the street, which is amazing. We also desperately need a great ice cream shop like Jenis or McConnell’s in ER, but this might be too big a space for it.

    • would love something like MhZh…

      Posto Giusto, Red Herring, ER Public House, Little Beast, and the new Cindy’s have all raised the bar for the Colorado Blvd dining scene in recent years, so it’s not surprising that the Coffee Table is closing.

      it’s a very big space, so it will be interesting to see if they keep it for one tenant or break it up.

      yay, progress for Eagle Rock!

  2. I’m extremely sad about this. I’ve been coming here since they opened and I just had dinner there maybe 2 weeks ago. Coffee Table, you’ll be missed.

  3. I remember back when I lived on 5062 sherin Ave. That place was like a car parts store but I never saw enough customer and by the way I was the one who got the crack dealer out of the neighborhood , this punk teenager was dealing crack out his house across the street where l lived I threatened him and he listened so all you guys that live thier in peace thank me!

  4. Whenever I see the newly created word, “gentrification” it’s always blaming white people for something. Nevermind that Eagle Rock used to be a white area. It seems that only true racists use that word. It allows one to be a racist, yet sound concerning for a neighborhood.

    • I agree with your assessment of how the word is used now, and I agree it really does not apply to Eagle Rock which has been a neighborhood with good dining options, nice businesses, and people who take pride in their homes and the neighborhood for a long time – regardless of color or ethnicity. This is just what happens, time goes by, tastes change and restaurants either keep up or go out of business.

      Casa Bianca, Colombo’s and other restaurants in Eagle Rock have survived for decades, and I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon.

      But the word “gentrification” isn’t really all that new.

      “Historians say that gentrification took place in ancient Rome and in Roman Britain, where large villas were replacing small shops by the 3rd century, AD.[10] The word gentrification derives from gentry—which comes from the Old French word genterise, “of gentle birth” (14th century) and “people of gentle birth” (16th century). In England, Landed gentry denoted the social class, consisting of gentlemen.[11][12] British sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term “gentrification” in 1964 to describe the influx of middle-class people displacing lower-class worker residents in urban neighborhoods; her example was London, and its working-class districts such as Islington:[13][14]”
      From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification

  5. Good riddance, moldy food, and poor service. The Lounge hopefully will close too, make way for a properly run and managed bar, with good service and atmosphere! terrible management. place had all the potential in the world.

    • I agree with the bad service. I’ve walked in twice to an almost empty place and was never greeted. Had to get the ONE employee’s attention for service after standing there for a few minutes.
      The place seemed to be floating between wanting to become a coffeehouse (with brick covered walls) and some type of local art gallery/dining area…with bright yellow walls. Bad combination.
      Lack of parking probably hurt the business as well as reduced local foot traffic.
      Outside, the city infrastructure is too blame as well. Cobra-head street lighting doesn’t fit the architectural decor of most business facades…and is too dim to impart a welcoming and safe place after sundown.
      The combination imparts a worn out and drab feel to the area. Better architectural lighting…and bringing back the median landscaping…would draw more customers to the Colorado corridor.

      Shame it didn’t work bc ER needs to keep long established businesses afloat to keep the area in its original quaint form. After all, this is what attracts people to the area.
      But, again, i think it was trying to be a lot of things instead of focusing on GOOD coffee/tea service.

  6. The food is bland and the bar sucks. Good riddance.

  7. Wow, “nik” and “Blane” your nasty internet troll behavior is a sad comment on internet society. Guy runs a business for years in and all you want to do is bite him in the back upon his exit. If you don’t like an establishment, then don’t go there (clearly you didn’t). These are basicaly personal attacks and have no place on the internet.

  8. Brett and Mike, thank you for being a part of my life in both Silver Lake and Eagle Rock. Your friendly, cozy atmosphere and tasty comfort food was a highlight of my 20 years in Los Angeles. All of your servers and kitchen staff were always helpful. Thank you again, you will be missed.

  9. Out with the old, in with the new – Attention business owners, competition is increasing in the neighborhood and there is nothing you can do to change the environment. If there is room to improve your customer experience – increase quality, lower prices, better customer service, better exterior and interior design, etc. – you better start these changes today because if you don’t, you are going to go out of business! This issue is not about legacy, race, hipster gentrification, “white private”, immigration, the Illuminati, Donald Trump, or even Russian hacking. In fact, it’s quite simple – customers want to spend their limited, hard earned dollars on the best (and competitively priced) goods and services they can get and if a better options creeps into the neighborhood, their dollars are going to skip you in exchange for greater value. And attention, patrons/customers, if you like a business in your neighborhood, you better spend your hard earn dollars supporting their business because without your support, they will go out of business!

    • I agree with you to an extent in that in the new neighborhood climate people are looking for quality and agree that the older businesses should consider stepping up their game in terms of quality if they want to stick around. I disagree with you that people are necessarily looking for “value” or lower or competitive prices. I think instead most people now are more than willing and even eager to spend more if it means they are getting something better.

      • Agreed. Price is hardly the determining factor for most people. If it was, everyone would buy their clothing at the 99 Cent store and drive a Nissan Versa. BUT, given the opportunity to buy goods and services that meet their needs/expectations from multiple sources (and equally convenient to purchase), people will gravitate to the lowest price option.

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