Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Storefront Report: New corner cafe in the works for south Silver Lake

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Corner cafe planned for this building at Bellevue and London

SILVER LAKE — With the exception of Cafecito Organico on Hoover Street, the residents who live on the south side of the neighborhood near the 101 Freeway have little in the way of a neighborhood cafe or coffee house that  is within walking distance. But now it looks like cafe society in the south end of Silver Lake might get a new hangout. Someone has asked the city for permission to convert a small office building at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and London Street into a cafe with outdoor dining and hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., according to online city records.

This is the same building that went up for sale almost a year ago for $729,000. The property, which also includes a separate home, eventually sold in August but for $660,000, according to Redfin.

In addition to changing the use of the building, the owners of the proposed restaurant are seeking city permission to serve alcohol.  Who’s behind the new place? It’s  not clear based on available online records, so stay tuned until the owner is identified.

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  1. Newsflash: a “cafe” isn’t generally open until 2:30am daily. Either this is an application for some kind of nighttime hangout masquerading as a cafe, or the cafe application just defaults to a 7am-2:30am request that is then subsequently pared back. Or perhaps the owner of this establishment has some kind of chameleon-like business in mind that serves one kind of clientele in the morning and afternoon, another in the evening, and another entirely late at night. Would be interested to see the business model for that one.

    • Shawn Dempewolff

      Ugh. Calm it down.

      • Hahaha, seriously!!

        • Oh c’mon guys – I was just pointing out that this doesn’t look like a “cafe” at first glance. I’d probably support the project. Just quibbling with the terminology. I don’t think we have enough corner spots to get our coffee/drink/groove on – just have no idea what kind of business model operates from 7am to 2:30am every single day. But cheers to them for being ambitious! 🙂

          • eastsidebandit

            @LAifer. I feel ya buddy. I think the Eastsider got the times wrong, legally, no is allowed to be open past 2am. But if this is our own side of town’s little wine/beer/coffee spot it would be a hit. Nothing better than supporting a little local place I can walk to have a vino or a espresso! This girl loves her coffee, and god willing they have good coffee!

    • seriously! god forbid a business would want to retain the option to open as early as possible and stay open late. any one opening any food business would want to retain that option regardless of when yo planned to be open.

    • Echo Park resident

      Guess you think 24 hour or late dine diners are an abomination, then.

  2. These owners have been trying to rent this ill-located space forever as a cafe… Just not a great location, and also super tiny. Reeks of desperation. So they finally found a sucker to rent it? Great.

  3. The space that Cafecito Organico presently occupies was previously a BBQ joint / record store that failed. Many people thought that part of the neighborhood couldn’t support a good cafe. And yet, about three months after CO opened, it was jammed and it has been since.

    While the location of this new cafe / bar / whatever doesn’t immediately scream “success”, the right concept would have a decent shot. There are a lot of people who live around there and the closest place to get a drink is, what, Thirsty Crow?

  4. eastsidebandit

    Can’t wait! I live around the corner from this place and we’ve all been wondering what’s next! If this is a cafe with coffee, beer and wine then bring it on! To be able to walk to a decent coffeeshop or bar is priceless in this neighborhood. Nothing else around here without having to get in your car.

    It’s a great location cause nothing else is around there. If the owners have a great concept I’m sure the neighborhood would support what could be a gem of a neighborhood spot. Let’s support small business people!

    • Are you kidding me? Did you see the location? It’s on the corner of a residential street with NO other businesses. This is ridiculous. There is NO parking, there are tons of kids around and the person is only out to make a huge profit for themselves. There are plenty of bars to walk to on Sunset, no need for it.


  5. Who cares what the concept is? Welcome to the neighborhood and good luck!

  6. Those who want to see this business succeed better keep checking the Silver Lake Urban Preservation and Design Committee meeting held every second Wed of the month. Go to the site and click on the agenda. If it is on the agenda and you want to see this business get a fair shake you better show up! There are some hardcore NIMBYs on the board who will certainly vote this down 1) because of the hours 2) because of the evil liquor license. If this business fails to open it will be because you were not engaged.

    • Most of the hard core NIMBYs were voted off the board last month and replaced with fair and objective individuals who will make sure that it’s no longer operated as an elitist homeowner association.

      • Fallopia Simms

        Voted off the Board. Still on the committee.

      • 2925 W. Bellevue, GO THERE< try and talk to the neighbors, they don't speak english and have many kids, dogs, and will not be buying $5 cappuccino's and drinking wine. PLEASE this is ludicrous that this is even this far.

    • PLEASE visit the site and see for yourself that this is NOT fair to the homeowners and renters on these small blocks with 3 dead ends and no parking, this is NOT a bar type area. everyone is latino and has lived in these buildings for 30+ years.

  7. They can stay open 24 hours and keep an eye on the neighborhood just no serving alcohol after 2AM. Sounds great to me . Reminds me of my fav in Los Feliz The Drawing Room and its classic sign Bar opens 6AM but with food.

  8. The cafe is on the agenda of the Silver Lake Urban Design Committee. June 11th, 2450 Glendale Blvd at the Citibank building, 6:30. If you support life and small business in the neighborhood come and support this cafe (and speak up!), the NIMBYs will be there.

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