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Eagle Rock’s Swork cafe starts the new year with a new look

Photo by Marc Reusser

By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ

EAGLE ROCK — Walking into Swörk, you might think you’re at a completely new coffee bar. After 16 years in business, the corner coffee house reopened on January 16 after nearly two weeks of renovation.

“The store is completely transformed, it’s so awesome,” says owner and creator Patricia Neale Vuagniaux, who had been planning the renovation for the past year.

With a background in branding, Vuagniaux used her skills to retool the space and its image, giving Swörk an “urban vintage feel.”

The look may be vintage but it’s all new, the furniture, employee uniforms, menu and even the coffee bags. She credits her husband Gilbert Vuagniaux and architect Marc Reusser as  major players in the transformation.

Photo by Marc Reusser

The changes aren’t restricted to the interior. Outdoor lighting was installed and a mural, by artists Taryne Moyse and Remy Chwae, was painted on the exterior of the coffee house at the busy corner of Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards.

Not only did the space get a face-lift, but the menu also received a makeover. Vuagniaux created six wellness plans that are an alternative to coffee. Items include a turmeric latte and a ginger, lemon honey infused wellness tea. They also added a kegerator, so nitro cold brew will be served on tap.

Swörk prides itself in being the only coffee house with six alternative milks and now solely organic milk. Nonfat milk is no longer available. However, customers can still get their gluten-free baked goods, oatmeal and granola. Vuagniaux plans to include an affordable small bites menu in the near future.

Photo by Marc Reusser

Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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4 comments

  1. It’s a nice update. The kid area at the back has been replaced — by a kind of sitting room arrangement, if I remember right.

    • I agree, it needed an update and feels cozy and inviting. My 2 yr old and I are bummed about the new kid area. The train table is gone, the gate is gone, the parents relaxing because of those 2 things is also gone! There’s some books and magnets now, but nothing that would keep a kid corralled for too long. Maybe that was part of the plan :]

  2. It looks as though the famed framed bad roommate signs were taken down. If that is the case and there aren’t signs throughout stating the rules and telling customers what not to do the experience at Swork is going to be much different.

  3. caffeinated and confused

    it looks very early aughts. confusing to see something new already look so dated.

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