It was only a few years ago that I would have to walk about a mile from my Echo Park home to patronize the nearest thing resembling a coffee house – a Starbucks inside a Lucy’s laundromat. Well now “gourmet” drip coffee, espresso shots, cappuccinos, double soy lattes and other caffeine concoctions are pouring from nearly every corner of the neighborhood from places like Chango, Downbeat, Fix, Masa, Tribal, Starbucks and even the Magic Gas service station (yes, they have an espresso machine, too). So, the last thing Echo Park needs is another place to buy coffee, right? Wrong.
The Pony opened up this week in a sliver of a Sunset Boulevard storefront between Echo Park Avenue and Laveta Terrace. It’s still a work in progress, with an adjacent gallery-space and back patio scheduled to open next month. Even the name of the place, the former Cafe Mariposa, might still change. How will The Pony, 1547 Sunset Blvd., compete with all those other Echo Park coffee places? Low prices, late night hours and entertainment, said Whitney Patterson, who was working the espresso machine this week.
“We can’t compete with Chango in the morning but we will stay open until 3 a.m.” to cater to club goers and bar hoppers in need of a coffee fix, she said.
Enough espresso for you? If not, yet another coffee house, The Coffee Pot, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street, is scheduled to open later this month.
PS: I forgot to mention that Echo Park’s new bookstore, Stories, also has a coffee bar in the back.