New coffee shop and restaurant planning to expand Temple Street dining options

Site of Bloom & Plume Coffee (left) and Thunderbolt restaurant


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.

A message from Eastside Events sponsor Metro

Go Metro to Nisei Week 2017 in Little Tokyo

Enjoyed by thousands every summer, Nisei Week in Little Tokyo is one the nation’s longest running cultural festivals of its kind. From August 19 to 27, participate in free Japanese cultural events, activities for all ages, and live music and dancing.

The most convenient way to get to the 77th Annual Nisei Week festivities is to take the Metro Gold Line and get off at the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. Learn more at golittletokyo.com.

Eastside Events is sponsored by Metro
” rel=”noopener”>Let us know

One comment

  1. maurice h. makes incredible flower arrangements… i received one as a gift once. glad this area is getting a little more retail, its a cool spot! best of luck bloom and plume!

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *