By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
ECHO PARK — Developers are transforming the Temple Street Corridor by building or planning hundreds of apartments. Now, a cafe and a restaurant-lounge are planning to open near all those new residents.
A public hearing will be held later this month over a request by the owners of Thunderbolt, a 99-seat restaurant and lounge planned for 1263 Temple St., to serve a full line of alcoholic beverages. The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will be located next to The Park’s Finest BBQ, in the same complex that houses a Knights Inn motel. Plans for the restaurant include 63 indoor seats in a dining room that will overlook the 101 Freeway and 39 seats on a street-side patio.
The same building had once been the site of Dinner House M, a quirky late-night bar operated by a Japanese singer, that closed several years ago.
A few blocks west of Thunderbolt, a building and business permit has been issued for the conversion of a now vacant retail storefront on 1638 W Temple St. Bloom & Plume Coffee has also been issued a city business permit for the same address, which is in the same building as Blume & Plume, a floral arrangement company owned by Maurice Harris.
The new cafe would open on the same block as the 1642 bar in an area where a new apartment building has been constructed across Temple and another is planned down the street.
Will locals be able to enjoy a combo flower and coffee shop? The Eastsider reached out to Harris for confirmation, but there no response.
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