GLASSELL PARK — A relatively small section of the neighborhood that some have dubbed Verdugo Village spreads west of the 2 Freeway next to Glendale. Here, on Verdugo Road, a new coffee place is preparing to open, bringing coffee culture to this side of the freeway.
A “COMING SOON” sign and a new coat of gray paint on a portion of a two-story building announces the upcoming arrival of Little Ripper Coffee in the 4100 block of Verdugo. Little Ripper’s website and Instagram offer few details about what to expect or what’s behind that name. But a Glassell Park Neighborhood Council agenda mentions that Little Ripper might open in time for a block party planned for next month.
Update: Lorena Jurado, who is opening the coffee place with her husband, Rex Roberts, provided more details about themselves and their business:
“My husband is Australian and I am from NY. We have been wanting to start this project for quite sometime now. We saw an opportunity in the area that we couldn’t pass up, so we decided to take the plunge with our first business in Glassell Park. If it all goes as planned, we are hoping to open in September (second week that is, we have our fingers crossed). The name Little Ripper Coffee comes from an Aussie, light-hearted phrase that expresses encouragement and rowdy approval … “You little rippa” – means you’re awesome! It’s a humbly cheerful saying; we thought it suit the space and our background!
It’s our neighborhood and we are part of this community. We can’t wait to meet the locals and bring on some delicious coffee to the area!”
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