Police Academy cafe is back on duty

The restaurant at the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club Café, located in Elysian Park, has reopened after nearly three years of being off duty for extensive renovations, Eater LA reports. But don’t worry – the renovation preserved much of the diner’s retro look and historic police memorabilia.

Built for police on the grounds of the police academy but open to the general public, the vintage coffee shop is back serving breakfasts, burgers and sandwiches, with Aramark running the kitchen. It’s also a pocket museum for L.A. police, with the walls bearing black-and-white photographs (long-ago cops and cars, old graduating classes of rookies) and memorabilia (if you like old handcuffs).

The cafe went on hiatus in 2014. Though it closed because of construction at the academy, the restaurant had also shown some of the business problems you might expect from its cloistered location. For civilians, eating there requires a trip past the security station. So most of the customers are police – all ranks and all levels of seniority, but still mainly just police.

Back in 2014, KCET reported a memo on the LAPRAAC’s website and in the restaurant’s window, saying “With less Department personnel assigned to the Academy and fewer classes being held, our sales in the Café have significantly dropped. The income has not been at a level to sustain the operations.”

Nonetheless, the cafe is shined up, reupholstered and back in business now, with the signature rock walls at the front entrance still in place.

Open to the public from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club Café is located in the 1800 block of Academy Drive in Elysian Park.

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