Sunday, October 23, 2016

Verdugo Road coffee house in the works for Glassell Park [updated]

Little Ripper Coffee Glassell Park opening soon

Storefront ReportGLASSELL 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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  1. It is great to see all the development in my childhood neighborhood. I just wish these businesses belonged to Angelenos that were born and raised in NELA.

  2. I get Manuel’s sentiment. I think it’s like the difference between owning your own home and renting, you live in both just the same, but still, you’re just a tenant, someone else is the boss.
    I think a lot of people who have been in nela all their lives have wished they had the capital, clout, connections , know-how to be entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods.
    Sometimes you’re so busy surviving, there’s not even any energy for dreaming.
    That others from outside with resources from their families and heritage, and who were not bogged down with having to worry about basic survival , come in and are able to make their dreams come true in your own home, I understand how that is sad.

    • Everyone has the same opportunites here. Junior college if you are ambitious and have no skills or funds or time. Many (most) people make decisions too early in life and limit their options later, hence the surviving. This business can be good for everyone and impoverished neighborhoods need people with vision and funds to improve the area. This is just the start of an urban renewal process. Think: Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Atwater Villiage, Venice and the Arts District in Downtown. They were all terrible a few years ago but are much better now and the areas are improving too with higher property values and a better quality of life for the residents. They all started with coffee houses.

  3. glassellparkgringo

    well said maria

  4. Great…I’ll stick with Donut Star.

    • Lucia, I love Donut Star as much as anyone, and will still go there when this opens. But their coffee, you would have to admit is pretty average. I’ll love having the option of spending a little bit more (probably) for a really good cup (hopefully).

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