After demolishing the former Coffee Table cafe building earlier this week, the owner of the property said construction on a 45-unit Silver Lake condominium project could begin as soon as this spring or early summer. Justin Barth with Miami-based 15 Group said his firm has decided to go ahead and build 45 condos on the Rowena Avenue property instead of the 64 proposed by the previous landowner. While many fans of the Coffee Table were upset when the restaurant was forced to close last year, there is a possibility that a cafe will return to the property. One of the 45 condos, a unit facing Rowena, has tentatively been set aside for a cafe or retail use if a buyer can be found, Barth said. Otherwise the unit will most likely be sold as a residential condo.
“It would be a separate, wholly owned retail space operated by the owner,” Barth said. “We have been discussing with various brokers [about] who would be interested in that site. We don’t want to build a restaurant that no one is going to occupy.”
The entire project, which has not been named, is expected to be completed in less than two years, with units expected to be priced in the $500,000 to $600,000 range.