Shopper & Diner: A mission for new Hermon cafe; Father’s Day at Atwater pub; and Echo Park welcomes design festival

Photo by Marni Epstein

Manifesto Cafe | Photo by Marni Epstein

By Marni Epstein

Manifesto Cafe is making it their mission to bring a community-mindedness to Hermon. Eater LA notes that  the recently-opened coffee shop is stocking healthy eats and fair trade coffee and tea to typically underserved neighborhoods. Manifesto was actually originally conceived as a job training center and cafe on Skid Row but the Hermon location is instead  the cafe’s first entrance into the market. Owner Christina Bailey notes that the job training program will begin in July.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • In Eagle Rock, Auntie Em’s Kitchen, the comfort food joint, will be celebrating the release of its brand new cookbook, written by owner Terry Wahl. A Cookbook Launch Party with music, drinks and food will be taking place at the restaurant this Saturday, June 12,  at 6 pm.
  • Speaking of family, Father’s Day is this weekend. The Pub at Golden Road in Atwater Village is offering a helping hand when it comes to celebrating. The pub is giving a Golden Road growler to the first 300 dads who come in this  Sunday along with another special treat.
  • If you’ve got a little extra time today, you can play “Design Hooky” with the Los Angeles Design Festival, reports the LA Times. Design studios are hosting sales and exhibitions in Echo Park, while self-guided design tours are also available in Silver Lake. Friday’s activities culminate at Echo Park’s  Natural Curiosities with screen-printing workshops and music.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. The owners of this corner coffee shop need do to their demographics homework. I drive by this place all the time in the last 10 years and it has been new shop at least every 2-3 years and every time, a coffee shop. Get it together, this neighborhood is not “coffee shop” material, in my opinion. They should make it into a little Mercado/carniceria.

    • You are obviously turning a blind eye to the changing demographic of the neighborhood. Been to Fresco Market yet? Notice houses getting rehab’d left and right? This is a great little cafe and just what the multi-cultural community needed.

      • Dear Moody,
        Yes I’ve been to the Fresco Market and it’s over priced and Yes I’ve noticed all the cheap flip jobs that are being done to the homes. but I still disagree with yet, another coffee shop. Like I said, this is the 3rd or 4th coffee shop within the last 5 years.

  2. It’s not just another neighborhood cafe. They are getting a lot of support from the Hermon community and feels like a great addition to the area. It’s great cafe with a great cause. I welcome them. Plus, their food is pretty fantastic.

  3. if its getting a lot of support then why does it constantly close and re-opened under a different name but still a coffee shop? Doesn’t seem like much support by the community to me.

    • I think I see what you’re saying. The coffee shops aren’t the same people/owners. They have all been completely different businesses with different owners/platforms. The issue with the previous businesses (except or Cycleway, which was popular) was that they were inconsistent. The interesting thing about this little cafe is that they are a social enterprise. It’s definitely something unique to the neighborhood. It will be challenge, but it can work. I say, give them a change and don’t put them under the same light as the others…

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